Definition of coiffure in English:



  • A person's hairstyle, typically an elaborate one.

    • ‘In those days a geisha could take lovers but her crucial aim was to secure a ‘danna’ or patron - a sugar daddy - who could keep her in her exclusive lifestyle of private cars, expensive coiffures and kimonos for every occasion.’
    • ‘I passed some of the shiny unhappy people on the way into the Festival Hall, all hair gel and coiffures and labels and teeth and faces and claws.’
    • ‘Under professional guidance, children from six to 16 years old will weave the costumes, form the coiffures and create the jewellery of the king or queen they always dreamed of.’
    • ‘When David Beckham cuts his hair, the next day millions of boys around the world go to the hairdresser to copy his coiffure.’
    • ‘He is wearing a short-sleeved tunic and breeches, his coiffure dressed as a long, interlaced pigtail falling to the horse's rump, with white painted eyes, and a sheathed broadsword at the left hip.’
    • ‘It was customary for brides to do their hair up in a Shimada-style coiffure, so women stopped cutting their hair when it came about time to be getting married.’
    • ‘With its elegant coiffure and elaborate rings of jewelry covering the shoulders and upper chest, this sculpture speaks of the antiquity of the arts of adornment in sub-Saharan Africa.’
    • ‘However, we can easily guess his social status from his elaborate coiffure: in the manner of high-ranking men, his hair is done up in a topknot, kept in place by an ornamental hairpin.’
    • ‘Don't be fooled by a new hair colour or style; a drastic change in a celebrity coiffure is more often than not meant to distract you from their radical new nose job or facelift.’
    • ‘His Civil War epic turned out to be composed of sets, costumes, coiffures, tinsel and hype - and the movie made zillions.’
    • ‘A Vidal Sassoon hairdresser, who works on the coiffures of both Mr and Mrs Beckham, drove 200 miles from London to cut the famous Beckham barnet.’
    • ‘Japanese women used lacquer (a precursor of modern-day hair spray) to secure their elaborate coiffures.’
    • ‘And I've been meaning to get a haircut, but now I'm quite pleased I haven't got around to it, since the sizeable bump on my forehead is concealed behind my ever-expanding coiffure.’
    • ‘Her dark, golden-brown hair is piled atop her head in a modest coiffure, with only wisps surrounding her porcelain face.’
    • ‘A hairdresser who has created countless coiffures is putting down her scissors after nearly 30 years, reports Lisa Frascarelli.’
    • ‘The ladies had elaborate coiffures dressed by ‘artistes in hair;’ and they dared not retire the night before for fear of mussing these creations.’
    • ‘He's a curious figure - Oscar Wilde meets an Andy Warhol superstar with a punk-rock haircut, a coiffure he inflicted on himself the day after Joe Strummer died.’
    • ‘Her coiffure was ruined, with her curls hanging down; her gown was rumpled, she had lost her slippers - Rafe could see her bare feet peeking out under the gown -, and the colour was high on her cheeks.’
    • ‘She tells me she is just back from the hairdresser and the coiffure will revert to ragged ringlets as soon as it hits rain.’
    • ‘Despite the elaborate coiffures, the gowns and the slap, it's a charming collection of images showing some of our favourite stars letting down their guard at the biggest, glossiest party of the year.’
    haircut, cut, style, hair
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Mid 17th century: French, from coiffer ‘arrange the hair’, in Old French ‘cover with a coif’ (see coif).