Definition of coiffeur in English:



  • A hairdresser.

    • ‘They show no respect for his lack of experience or his gelled coiffeur.’
    • ‘Saddled with the most unfortunate perm in the history of the coiffeur, she still manages to create an incredibly believable teen protagonist, filled with instantly recognizable angst and insecurity.’
    • ‘He is usually, and rather cruelly, referred to as ‘le garçon coiffeur de Bilbao’, the Bilbao hairdresser boy.’
    • ‘Hairdresser John Frieda started with the trendy heads of clients in the Mayfair salon of legendary hair stylist Leonard, a coiffeur guru in London during the Seventies.’
    • ‘Her coiffeur La Plume let the last finely curled lock fall adroitly over her shoulder, and folding his hands over the paunch in his shirt frills, like some decadent Pharaoh, admired his work from the shadow of a Dara statue.’
    • ‘British forces personnel can still post letters home in a red UK pillar box; the steak frites in the canteen are excellent; the Belgian coiffeur is always busy and the Americans seem physically huge, as if it was still 1945.’
    • ‘A pensioner has come out of retirement to start a second career as a community coiffeur.’
    • ‘So we are crawling through traffic on Bedford Avenue, passing jerk chicken shops, coiffeurs advertising braiding and corn rows, music shops blaring reggae, salsa, zouk, RocB, hip-hop, fusion music of all kinds.’
    • ‘I have heard that the coiffeurs at the ‘Hairdresser's ‘(1 Dyakon Ignatii Street, next to BNP Paribas, tel. 986 1366) do a careful, professional job.’’
    • ‘The Prince Vaji spent an eternity at his mirror while a Great Palace coiffeur, rushed from another set of chambers somewhere in the Palace, adjusted the tight strands of black hair.’
    • ‘I don't suppose Roy Keane favours his current coiffeur on the grounds that number one shaven heads are still de rigueur at his local barbers.’
    • ‘Asked for a list of Taipei's top-shelf coiffeurs, Chen provided me with four names and a caveat; ‘There are a lot of excellent stylists in town.’’
    • ‘Whatever next: make-up artists and coiffeurs?’
    • ‘Who could fail to find humour in the names that coiffeurs had devised to make their establishments stand out: Gee Bees, His and Hairs?’
    • ‘The Real Madrid soccer ace, who was unable to join wife Victoria on her big day, surprised her by jetting the coiffeur over to the Spanish capital for a pampering treat.’
    • ‘Those were the days when you were still a player in every sense, when you had your platinum mullet primped by top London coiffeurs, when you drove round in a E-type Asti Spumante.’
    • ‘We looked at a whole wide range of companies, everything from barber shops, coiffeurs, to real estate landlord owners, who basically reported 90% when they really had 100% occupancy.’


Mid 19th century: French, from coiffer ‘arrange the hair’, in Old French ‘cover with a coif’ (see coif).