Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A head of hair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hair-like envelope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hairlike envelope.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A head of hair.
  • n. A periwig; a peruke.
  • n. In astronomy, the coma or nebulous part of a comet or other nebulous body.

Etymologies

Middle English cheveler, from Old French cheveleure, from Latin capillātūra, from capillus, hair.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, head of hair. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I could only see her from behind but her long, glorious, thick, voluptuous wavy chevelure was enough for me to ostensibly distract my eyes from the enfolding spicy lingerie runway show and sinful striptease session.

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  • Hsiao Hung did not even wait to arrange her hair or perform her ablutions; but, turning towards the looking-glass, she pinned her chevelure up anyhow; and, rinsing her hands, and, tying a sash round her waist, she repaired directly to sweep the apartments.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • The next day, she got out of bed, as soon as it dawned; but feeling even no inclination to comb her chevelure or perform her ablutions, she carelessly adjusted her clothes and came out of the garden to see her mother.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • A razor must be passed over the bald head; but it is sufficient to burn, pluck, shave, or clip three hairs when the chevelure is long.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • Nature had been partial to this little working girl and given her the chevelure of a queen.

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  • That dark-brown chevelure, with a natural curl, is now represented by a few dozen perfectly white hairs, and its place — a smooth, bald, pink head — knows it no more.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant

  • His chevelure was like that which I see in a picture of the grand

    George Selwyn: His Letters and His Life

  • The band are absolutely independent of his control, while acquiescing in his presence as a valuable spectacular asset, owing to the extreme whiteness of his hands, the exquisite cut of his frock-coat, and the capillary attraction exerted on the audience by his glossy and luxuriant chevelure.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 25, 1914

  • Her kneecaps were not fractured, but two hairpins became detached from her chevelure while she was performing a protracted pirouette.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 25, 1914

  • I am credibly informed that if a courageous investigator visiting those funkholes, the clubs of London, were to snatch at the bald scalps so much in evidence there, he would in nine cases out of ten find that they came away in his hand, revealing the chevelure of the youthful and fit but craven.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, January 31, 1917

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