Definition of fichu in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfiˌSHo͞o/


A small triangular shawl, worn around a woman’s shoulders and neck.
Example sentences
  • Originally the neckline had shown her chest, but now a thin fichu tried its best to cover the raw marks on her delicate skin.
  • Annette was dreading it profusely, reluctantly putting on her fichu and allowing Garnier to help her into a waiting carriage.
  • 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.


Mid 18th century: from French, from ficher 'to fix, pin', from Latin fīgere. Compare with fix and microfiche.

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Syllabification: fich·u

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