American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A roll or knot of hair worn at the back of the head or especially at the nape of the neck.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A knot, boss, or mass of hair, natural or artificial, worn by a woman at the back of the head.
- n. a roll of hair worn at the nape of the neck
- From French chignon. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“I remembered my mother in her glamorous days with her exotic wide smile, rolling her dark hair up and back into what she called a chignon as she was getting dressed for an evening out.”
“The standing totem with ammonite head attachments that extend like an exaggerated chignon is a universal female spirit fashioned by an acclaimed California artist who also happens to be a friend.”
“The word chignon, in the language of society, denotes that prominence of the cranium which is to be seen at the back of ladies 'heads.”
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“It was the style to wear at that time what was called "chignon" or waterfall.”
“Chinese ladies often use it as a kind of chignon; and it is an historical fact that a famous Empress, who set aside the Emperor and ruled China with an”
“His decorations added to his queer appearance; scarred by deep gashes on chest and arms, his body was daubed with red ochre, and his ribs picked out with white; on his head a kind of chignon formed of grass, hair, and string held his matted locks in place, like a bird's nest on his crown; he had neither beard nor whiskers, and was not blessed with any article of clothing whatever.”
“We prepared for the combat by covering our bodies with grease; and I had my long hair securely tied up into a kind of "chignon" at the back of my head.”
“These two natives had their hair tied up in a kind of chignon at the back of the head, the hair being dragged back off the forehead from infancy.”
“The earrings consisted of thick silver-wire hoops, some of the women having the ends of their necklaces attached to them, and then looped up into a sort of "chignon" behind.”
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