Definition of tignon in US English:

tignon

noun

  • A piece of cloth worn as a turban headdress by Creole women from Louisiana.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His law decreed that they must wear scarves (tignons) on their heads when they were out in public.’
    • ‘Women of color, wearing distinctive head wraps called tignons, sold pralines, coffee with chicory, and brown ginger cakes.’

Origin

Louisana French, from French tigne, dialect variant of teigne ‘moth’.

Pronunciation

tignon

/tēˈyôN/