Definition of chignon in English:



  • A knot or coil of hair arranged on the back of a woman's head.

    ‘her hair was drawn back from her face into a chignon’
    • ‘I washed my hair this morning and then put it up in a chignon.’
    • ‘Her hair was swept back with jeweled silver combs and diamond-stud hair pins into a smooth chignon.’
    • ‘So I showed up in a cocktail dress with ruffles down the back and my hair up in a chignon.’
    • ‘She fiddled with her hair, already perfect in its loose chignon.’
    • ‘She undid what was left of her chignon, brushed her hair out, and put it up again.’
    • ‘I have of course gone through those periods of wishing I had straight hair, and even thinking that it would be less hassle because then I could put in a cute chignon or a low ponytail.’
    • ‘The hair she painstakingly had dyed blonde was up in a chignon.’
    • ‘Her hair was done up in a simple chignon with a few ringlets left loose to brush her face, a vivid contrast of darkness to her pale skin.’
    • ‘Lisa did Lydia's hair in two French braids and curled her bangs, and put her own hair in a loose chignon to keep it out of her way.’
    • ‘Isabella stood in the doorway for a brief second, returning the loose strands of her hair to the chignon at the nape of her neck.’
    • ‘Other low- and no-maintenance looks include chignons, ponytails or donning a bandanna.’
    • ‘She twisted her hair into a neat chignon and cleaned the dirt that was streaked across her face.’
    • ‘The remaining hair was knotted into a small chic chignon.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a woman in a regal black gown with her hair tied in a tight chignon walked up to the new guests.’
    • ‘Pull your hair into a chignon at your nape and don some serious spectacles and understated makeup for a subtly sexy librarian look.’
    • ‘Her mother raised a hand to her impeccable chignon, patting an imaginary hair into place.’
    • ‘Then he created a simple updo, pulling strands back into a loose chignon.’
    • ‘The women, with hair pulled into chignons, wore bright costumes resembling frilled bathing suits from that era.’
    • ‘A slender ballerina poised on a strongly arched foot, black hair in a chignon, eyes like great black butterflies.’
    • ‘They'll also be demonstrating new looks with updo's based on the classic chignon.’


Late 18th century: from French, originally nape of the neck, based on Latin catena chain.