from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
_ A 'fontange' was a bow of ribbons, so called from the celebrated Madame de Fontanges.
To add still more to the appearance of amplitude in dresses trimmed with lace, some dressmakers edge the skirts with a fontange of ribbon.
With ball dresses of transparent textures, trimmed with flounces of the same, this fontange of ribbon is frequently placed at the edge of the slip worn under the dress.
Dark, where her companion was fair, and with the glossy texture of her own somber locks showing in the individual roll which ran back into the absurd _fontange_ of false hair and falser powder, Mary
Enormous allonge perukes and ruffles, the fontange (high headdress), hoops, and high heels, rendered the human race a caricature of itself.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.