Definition of chiffon in English:

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Pronunciation: /SHiˈfän/


1A light, sheer fabric typically made of silk or nylon: [as modifier]: a chiffon blouse
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  • Floral prints in combination with light, natural fibres like chiffon, silk and linen underscore this young and natural look.
  • Silk and chiffon are the hottest fabrics for brides.
  • The fabrics used for women had cotton, linen, silk and chiffon, while those for men had velvet and denim.
1.1 [as modifier] (Of a cake or dessert) made with beaten egg whites to give a light consistency: chiffon cake
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  • Robin has played with a few ideas to replace it, including a banana chiffon cake, which she runs as specials to see if they'll generate interest.
  • Today I made spice & tea chiffon cake from a cookbook by Makiko Fujino (in Japanese).
  • The problem was, I didn't own a chiffon cake pan.


Mid 18th century (originally plural, denoting trimmings or ornaments on a woman's dress): from French, from chiffe 'rag'.

  • This word was originally used in the plural, for trimmings or ornaments on a woman's dress. It is from French, from chiffe ‘rag’.

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Syllabification: chif·fon

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