Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A man who is a hairdresser.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hair-dresser.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A hairdresser.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A male hairdresser.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a man hairdresser

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from coiffer, to coif, from Old French coife, coif; see coif.]

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Borrowing from French, from coiffer, from Old French coife, from Late Latin cofia.

Examples

  • Mademoiselle Zélie St. Pierre, on this particular Thursday, even assumed a "robe de soie," deemed in economical Labassecour an article of hazardous splendour and luxury; nay, it was remarked that she sent for a "coiffeur" to dress her hair that morning; there were pupils acute enough to discover that she had bedewed her handkerchief and her hands with a new and fashionable perfume.

    Villette

  • About nine o'clock A.M., an important functionary, the "coiffeur," arrived.

    Villette

  • Now, it would make life simple if there was a single rule about this, a certain measurement past which a man's coiffeur becomes bouffant.

    Why do so many people wear clothes with brand names on them?

  • Bear Stearns, too, had an in-house stylist note to self: investment bank coiffeur may not be the most stable gig, and this year, Wall Street barber Salvatore Anazalone is working out of a temporary shop inside Goldman Sachs's headquarters while the hotel housing his permanent shop undergoes renovations.

    Hairy Week for Wall Street

  • All were dressed intriguingly (by Mr. Happel and Rustam Khamdamov) to indicate everything from an innocent young man in a sailor suit (the central Robert Fairchild) to nymphlike mermaids whose slicked-back coiffeur-like caps suggested artfully styled seafoam.

    Two Newly Built Ballets

  • References: la politesse (f) = politeness, courtesy; le coiffeur (la coiffeuse) = hairdresser; pour le travail?

    French Word-A-Day:

  • References: la politesse (f) = politeness, courtesy; le coiffeur (la coiffeuse) = hairdresser; pour le travail?

    ouïe - French Word-A-Day

  • The problem that covering this item that's absent from l'affaire coiffeur is that people would have to confront the utter bankruptcy of the whole "death tax" paradigm.

    Big News Orgs Begin Picking Up Story Of Iowa Woman Snubbed By Rudy Campaign

  • References: la politesse (f) = politeness, courtesy; le coiffeur (la coiffeuse) = hairdresser; pour le travail?

    French Word-A-Day:

  • The work of the late coiffeur Antoine-hairdresser to Claudette Colbert and Josephine Baker -- so inspired Alexandre that he has exhumed his mentor's right hand from its Polish grave.

    Touching Tribute

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