One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A piece of cloth worn as a turban headdress by Creole women from Louisiana.
- ‘His law decreed that they must wear scarves (tignons) on their heads when they were out in public.’
- ‘These women fought the new restriction by wearing elaborately designed and brilliantly colored tignons.’
- ‘In response, Creole women used their sense of style to devise elaborate tignons or head wraps, which emphasized their attractiveness.’
- ‘The woman wore a tignon of brightly colored madras cotton and a dark kersey shawl over a long dress of coarse linen.’
- ‘Women of color, wearing distinctive head wraps called tignons, sold pralines, coffee with chicory, and brown ginger cakes.’
Louisana French, from French tigne, dialect variant of teigne ‘moth’.
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