from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A coiffure.
- n. A tight-fitting cap worn under a veil, as by nuns.
- n. A white skullcap formerly worn by English lawyers.
- n. A heavy skullcap of steel or leather, formerly worn under a helmet or mail hood.
- transitive v. To arrange or dress (the hair).
- transitive v. To cover with or as if with a coif.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hairdo
- n. A hood; a close-fitting cap covering much of the head, widespread until XVIII century; after that worn only by small children and countrywomen
- n. A chain mail head gear
- v. To style or arrange hair.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cap.
- n. A close-fitting cap covering the sides of the head, like a small hood without a cape.
- n. An official headdress, such as that worn by certain judges in England.
- n. a coiffure.
- transitive v. To cover or dress with, or as with, a coif.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cap fitting close to the head, and conforming to its shape.
- n. A cap like the calotte or skull-cap, usually of lawn, retained until the common introduction of the wig, especially as the head-dress of barristers.
- n. A skull-cap of leather or of stuff, apparently wadded, made of many thicknesses, or provided with a thickened rim or edge (see bourrelet), worn under the camail to prevent the links of the chain-mail from wounding the head when struck, or to prevent the heavy steel headpiece from pressing too heavily upon the head.
- n. Figuratively, the calling or rank of a barrister: as, a brother of the coif.
- n. In armor: A cap of chain-mail or of bezanted or scale armor, usually distinct from the camail, and worn over it as an additional defense, or to cover the top of the head when the camail reached only about to the ears. Also called coif of mail, cap of mail, mail coif, and coiffe-de-mailles.
- n. The camail itself.
- n. A skull-cap of steel, worn over the camail, or perhaps in some cases worn under the camail, or mail coif. Also called coif of plate, coiffe-de-fer, cervelière, and secret.
- n. A light cap of lace, worn by women at the present day.
- To cover or dress with or as with a coif.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a skullcap worn by nuns under a veil or by soldiers under a hood of mail or formerly by British sergeants-at-law
- v. arrange attractively
- n. the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)
- v. cover with a coif
Middle English, from Old French coife, from Late Latin cofea, helmet, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French coiffer (Wiktionary)