Definition of chignon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHēnyän/
Pronunciation: /SHēnˈyän/


A knot or coil of hair arranged on the back of a woman’s head.
Example sentences
  • Other low- and no-maintenance looks include chignons, ponytails or donning a bandanna.
  • I have of course gone through those periods of wishing I had straight hair, and even thinking that it would be less hassle because then I could put in a cute chignon or a low ponytail.
  • The women, with hair pulled into chignons, wore bright costumes resembling frilled bathing suits from that era.


Late 18th century: from French, originally 'nape of the neck', based on Latin catena 'chain'.

Words that rhyme with chignon

filet mignon

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Syllabification: chi·gnon

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