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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chignon a roll of hair worn at the nape of the neck
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chignon A knot, boss, or mass of hair, natural or artificial, worn by a woman at the back of the head. "A curl that had strayed from her chignon ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chignon A woman's hair gathered behind the head, or at the nape of the neck, in a roll or mass; specifically, such a roll when made very large, as by arranging the hair over a cushion. Chignons have been made with false hair as a separate article of trade.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chignon shē′nyong a general term for the long back-hair of women, when gathered up and folded into a roll on the back of the head and neck.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., prop. equiv. to chaînon, link, fr. chaîne, chain, fr. L. catena, Cf. Chain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., meaning first the nape of the neck, the joints of which are like the links of a chain—chaînon, the link of a chain—chaîne, a chain.


In literature:

In the lofty mirrors behind them one saw the reflection of their chignons.
"Nana, The Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille" by Emile Zola
They wear high hats or chignons, tight waists, and bell-shaped skirts.
"Anthropology" by Robert Marett
But the face which is beneath that chignon and that hat?
"Health and Education" by Charles Kingsley
Petticoat and chignon are male institutions in Ceylon.
"The Story of Ida Pfeiffer and Her Travels in Many Lands" by Anonymous
Dotty was giving an extra touch to her chignon, and Prudy trying on her cap.
"Prudy Keeping House" by Sophie May
I want some long flat bands of hair, like those you use for chignons.
"The Young Franc Tireurs" by G. A. Henty
Her hair is brushed back from the forehead, without a parting, and coiled into a tight, flat chignon.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
She was no taller than Polly, but slender and with golden red hair caught under the sunhat in a swimmer's chignon.
"Operation Haystack" by Frank Patrick Herbert
No pads, frisettes, no chignons, no hair-ribbons.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
Busuk's long black hair had to be done up in a marvellous chignon on the top of her head.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
She worships money; but if there is anything she hates, it is chignons.
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
Petticoats and chignons are male institutions in Ceylon.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
Many of the girls formerly owned a trunkful of jewels and a houseful of servants, but now they dispensed with chignon and crinoline.
"Comrade Kropotkin" by Victor Robinson
In 1872 loomed upon us that ghastly horror the chignon, which bore a faint resemblance to the exaggerated coiffures of the 18th century.
"The Evolution of Fashion" by Florence Mary Gardiner
Monsieur Chignon, that pin a little more to the front.
"The Heiress;" by John Burgoyne
Some of the "Presents for Christmas" above referred to were Chignons which looked like horses' tails.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 62, Jan 13, 1872" by Various
But it's simply not done now: hearts went out with chignons.
"A Knight on Wheels" by Ian Hay
Place a net of pearl or gilt beads over the Chignon, as in cut.
"Self-Instructor in the Art of Hair Work" by Mark Campbell
No pads to be worn, or frizettes, or chignons, or hair ribbons.
"Ginger-Snaps" by Fanny Fern
Had not fibs rolled from her speech as hairpins from her black shiny chignon?
"A Bottle in the Smoke" by Milne Rae

In poetry:

I can see the shop,
I can smell the sprinkled pavement,
Where she serves—her chestnut chignon
Thrills my senses!
"Music" by William Ernest Henley
Her dress it was blue, and her ribbons were green,
And her chignon the highest that ever was seen,
And perched on the top, heavy-laden with flowers,
Was a bonnet, embosomed in beautiful bowers.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - I" by E W Bowling

In news:

Here's the long and short of it: in the current parlance, while many chignons are buns, few buns are chignons .
Chignons, on the other hand, have traditionally been worn low on the head.
Chignons, however, aren't necessarily so.
Watch Easy Twist Chignon in the Fitness Video.
Description Our celebrity hair stylist shows you how to create a soft chignon updo hairstyle that's perfect for day and night.
Watch Soft Chignon in the Fitness Video.
Smooth the top over the teased section, gather ends and roll into a chignon like Kate Bosworth's.
Top knot, bun, chignon, whatever you call it, this hairstyle is here to stay.
Chignons are a yawn, and hair bows are just too wacky for everyday life (even Gaga has hung hers up).
Whether in a sexy top-knot or a sky-high chignon, we spotted several fashionistas rocking this effortless 'do on the streets of New York.
Top knot, bun, chignon, whatever you call it, this hairstyle is here to stay.
Top knot, bun, chignon, whatever you call it, this hairstyle is here to stay.
The chignon is making a comeback.
Sometimes it seems edgy and purposeful, like Taylor Schilling's matted, messy chignon at the Lucky One premiere (above).