Dictionary definitions and etymology illustrated from contemporary and classical literature (selected from 'A Book for Today').
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Chignon: A hair style where a woman's hair is collected at the back of her head. It might be a simple bun or a more ornate braid or twist. The word comes from a French phrase meaning the nape of the neck.
She leaned back against the seat but her chignon got in the way, so she loosened it with her fingers.