• IPA: /kwɑf/, /kɔɪf/

coif (plural coifs)

  1. A hairdo.
  2. (historical) A hood; a close-fitting cap covering much of the head, widespread until the 18th century; after that worn only by small children and country women.
  3. (historical) An item of chain mail headgear.
  4. An official headdress, such as that worn by certain judges in England.
    • From point and saucy ermine down / To the plain coif and russet gown.
    • c. 1620, Francis Bacon, letter of advice to Sir George Villiers
      The judges, […] although they are not of the first magnitude, nor need be of the degree of the coif, yet are they considerable.
  • French: coiffure
  • Russian: причёска
Translations Translations Verb

coif (coifs, present participle coiffing; past and past participle coiffed)

  1. (transitive) To style or arrange hair.
    • 1925, Ezra Pound, Canto I:
      Circe’s this craft, the trim-coifed goddess.
  • Russian: причёсывать

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