WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
coif2 /kwɑf/USA pronunciation
n., v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Clothing coiffure.
(koif ),USA pronunciation n.
- Clothinga hood-shaped cap, usually of white cloth and with extended sides, worn beneath a veil, as by nuns.
- Clothingany of various hoodlike caps, varying through the centuries in shape and purpose, worn by men and women.
- a cap similar to a skullcap, formerly worn by sergeants at law.
- Heraldry[Armor.]a covering for the head and neck, made of leather, padded cloth, or mail.
- British Termsthe rank or position of a sergeant at law.
- Clothingto cover or dress with or as with a coif.
(kwäf, koif ),USA pronunciation n., v.t.
- WGmc *kuf(f )ja
- Late Latin cofia, cofea headdress, sort of cap
- Anglo-French coife, Old French coiffe
- Middle English coyf(e) 1250–1300
- Clothingcoiffure (defs. 1, 3).
- French coiffer, its base
- probably back formation from coiffure, or
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
coif /kɔɪf/ n
vb (coifs, coiffing, coiffed)(transitive)
- a close-fitting cap worn under a veil, worn in the Middle Ages by many women but now only by nuns
- any similar cap, such as a leather cap worn under a chain-mail hood
a less common word for coiffure
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French coiffe, from Late Latin cofea helmet, cap, of obscure origin
- to cover with or as if with a coif
- /kwɑːf/ to arrange (the hair)
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