- Often fontanges. commode(def 4).
Origin of fontange
1680–90; < French, named after Marie Angélique de Scorraille de Roussilles, Duchess of Fontanges (1661–81), mistress of Louis XIV
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Examples from the Web for fontange
Fontange, fong-tanzh′, n. a tall head-dress worn in the 17th and 18th centuries.
There is no doubt that Fontange died by poison; she accused Montespan of being the cause of her death.
He then turned his attention to her companion, Fontange, who was also very pretty, but not very sensible.
The old woman feared there might be some among them to whom the King might take a fancy, as he had done to Ludre and Fontange.