Meaning of “chignon” in the English Dictionary

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chignonnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈʃiː.njɒ/ us /ˈʃiː.njɑːn/

Examples from literature

  • Her free hand went up to the heavy chignon that hung uncertainly beneath her bonnet—a gesture of coquetry which she told herself she despised. 
  • Hurriedly and without changing her dress she had her hair done up and stuck white roses in her chignon and at her bosom. 
  • Standing up with his hands on the back of her chair he saw the teeth of her comb that bit into her chignon. 
  • The back division is combed back, and after being twisted into a compact mass, is tied in a chignon upon the crown of the head. 
  • The hair was dressed with detached curls, four each side of the neck and a floating chignon behind. 

(Definition of “chignon” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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