from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A roll or knot of hair worn at the back of the head or especially at the nape of the neck.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. roll or twist of hair worn at the nape of the neck; a bun
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A knot, boss, or mass of hair, natural or artificial, worn by a woman at the back of the head.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman's hair gathered behind the head, or at the nape of the neck, in a roll or mass; specifically, such a roll when made very large, as by arranging the hair over a cushion. Chignons have been made with false hair as a separate article of trade.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a roll of hair worn at the nape of the neck
French, from Old French chaignon, chain, collar, nape, from Vulgar Latin *catēniō, from Latin catēna, chain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French chignon. (Wiktionary)