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Definition of "coif" [coif]

  • A coiffure. (noun)
  • A tight-fitting cap worn under a veil, as by nuns. (noun)
  • A white skullcap formerly worn by English lawyers. (noun)
  • A heavy skullcap of steel or leather, formerly worn under a helmet or mail hood. (noun)
  • To arrange or dress (the hair). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "coif" in a sentence
  • "Dotson’s coif is pretty expansive, and the comedian can’t resist throwing in a continual, left-hand finger flutter – over-the-top, yes, but it seems to manifest the metaphysical Lynchian truth."
  • "Wonderbaby’s meagre coif is entirely pixie, except for the long flip of fringe that has been dangling over her eyes for some weeks now."
  • "A lady wore a close-fitting white linen cap, called a coif, to cover her hair."