Definitions

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

  • n. A hairstyle.
  • transitive v. To arrange or dress (hair).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. hairstyle
  • v. to style or arrange hair

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A headdress, or manner of dressing the hair.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A head-dress; the manner of arranging or dressing the hair.

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

  • n. the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)
  • v. arrange attractively

Etymologies

French, from coiffer, to coif; see coiffeur.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Wig makers have copied it and now some ladies wear what they call coiffure la Franklina Franklin hairstyle.

    10 Days: Benjamin Franklin

  • Her signature fiery coiffure is impervious to circumstantial weather!)

    Nicole Berrie: Lanvin Spring/Summer 2011 - Roman Holiday! (PHOTOS)

  • Her coiffure was a simple wreath of sardines on a string.

    Mark Twain

  • She had previously assured herself that my hair was all my own, and now my coiffure was the only part of my toilet that come in for her unqualified approval, for Charlie had made the most of my abundant hair, which was of a beautiful color and texture and inclined to curl.

    Madeleine An Autobiography

  • At their hotel there was a waiter with a forelock that looked like the crest of a breaking wave, and this waiter with his coiffure was a source of constant amusement to her, so much so, that although she was not usually very witty, she simply outdid herself in images and comparisons.

    Chapter XVI

  • This kind of coiffure had a highly idolatrous meaning; and it was adopted, with some slight variations, by almost all idolaters in ancient times.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Yes, the Lone Starvernator has an impressive coiffure, if you want a president who looks like George Stephanopoulos and John Stossel collaborated on a wig.

    Tony Phillips: Romney Has Nothing to Worry About: It's All About the Hair

  • • Creating the coiffure for a movie corpse requires time and authentic human hair imported from China or Italy.

    The Virtuoso of Blood and Guts

  • She also cut a memorable figure with her asymmetrical punkish coiffure.

    In the Plex

  • We've previously chronicled the Secretary of State's follicle fashions -- the ups, the downs, the headbands, the hair clips -- but this might take the coiffure cake.

    Hillary Clinton Breaks Out The Scrunchie (PHOTOS, POLL)

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