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A small triangular shawl, worn around a woman's shoulders and neck.
- ‘Originally the neckline had shown her chest, but now a thin fichu tried its best to cover the raw marks on her delicate skin.’
- ‘The canvas in which the woman, wearing a pink dress and greenish fichu, is set against flowered wallpaper (private collection, Fig.13) was made explicitly as a gift for Gauguin.’
- ‘In Chloridia, designs for the Queen as Chloris reveal the breasts so completely that one assumes that they must have been at least partly covered by some kind of fichu.’
- ‘Annette was dreading it profusely, reluctantly putting on her fichu and allowing Garnier to help her into a waiting carriage.’
Mid 18th century: from French, from ficher to fix, pin from Latin fīgere. Compare with fix and microfiche.
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