Definitions

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  • n. an article of woman's headgear consisting of a piece of material tied in individual ways

Etymologies

From French tignon, obsolete synonym of chignon and cognate with tignasse, teigne. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They were looking at a tall woman in a simple smock dress; she wore a plain headscarf, in contrast to Ruth Benning's elaborate _tignon_.

    New Race

  • She wore a plain gingham dress, and her head was covered in a white _tignon, _ the cloth wrapped and secured just so.

    New Race

  • She wore the same sort of red kerchief with seven knots whose points all stood straight up, a tignon; but she was much taller and much thinner, surprisingly thin for a cook, with long hands ribbed with veins against her chocolate skin.

    All That Glitters

  • She wore her red tignon in her hair with the seven knots all pointing straight up.

    Pearl in The Mist

  • She had her hair tied with a white kerchief, a tignon with seven knots whose points all stuck straight up.

    Ruby

  • She had long, silky black hair gathered in thick ropelike strands around her head, over which she wore a red tignon with seven knots whose points all stuck straight up.

    Ruby

  • Some of these women, it is said, could hardly be distinguished from brunette whites, and it was largely for this reason that the _tignon_ was placed by law upon the heads of all women having negro blood.

    American Adventures A Second Trip 'Abroad at home'

  • Always dressed in a neat calico gown, a fichu and tignon, even in Paris she did not alter her dress nor wear another headgear than her own bandana.

    Social life in old New Orleans : being recollections of my girlhood,

  • Grandpré mère strolled about in a gingham blouse volante, her frosty hair covered with a plaid tignon; and Grandpré pére sniffled around (he had some catarrhal trouble, I guess) in carpet slippers.

    Social life in old New Orleans : being recollections of my girlhood,

  • Later, dusky Henriette Blondéau comes, with her tignon stuck full of pins and the deep pockets of her apron bulging with sticks of bandoline, pots of pomade, hairpins and a

    Social life in old New Orleans : being recollections of my girlhood,

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  • (also spelled and pronounced tiyon) is a series of headscarves or a large piece of material tied or wrapped around the head to form a kind of turban that resembles the West African gélé.

    December 28, 2007