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  • n. A curly headdress popular among aristocrats in Europe in the late 17th century and early 18th century, made of knots of ribbons.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of tall headdress formerly worn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A head-dress fashionable in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Etymologies

From Angélique de Fontanges, one of French king Louis XIV's mistresses, who sported the headdress. (Wiktionary)

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  • A high-standing headdress worn by women during the 17th and 18th centuries. Derives from the name of the first wearer, Mlle. de Fontanges, c. 1679.

    April 18, 2008