fichu

[ fish-oo; French fee-shy ]
/ ˈfɪʃ u; French fiˈʃü /

noun, plural fich·us [fish-ooz; French fee-shy] /ˈfɪʃ uz; French fiˈʃü/.

a woman's kerchief or shawl, generally triangular in shape, worn draped over the shoulders or around the neck with the ends drawn together on the breast.

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Origin of fichu

1795–1805; < French: noun use of fichu, past participle of ficher to drive in, fix (informally, to throw, fling; hence, something put on hastily, loosely attached) < Vulgar Latin *fīgicāre, for Latin fīgere; cf. finca
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Example sentences from the Web for fichus

  • Also there were fichus and lace-edged handkerchiefs and such things, to strike a young girl dumb with delight.

    The Story of Bawn|Katharine Tynan
  • Grandfather liked Grandmother to wear caps, so she did it; also fichus and full-skirted silks, whether such were in fashion or no.

    The Wishing-Ring Man|Margaret Widdemer

British Dictionary definitions for fichus

fichu
/ (ˈfiːʃuː) /

noun

a woman's shawl or scarf of some light material, worn esp in the 18th century

Word Origin for fichu

C19: from French: small shawl, from ficher to fix with a pin, from Latin fīgere to fasten, fix
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