coif

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French coiffer, from Late Latin cofia, of West Germanic origin. See also Middle High German kupfe (cap), Old High German kupphia (cap), Polish cipa (cap), Tocharian kŭpŭ (vulva)[1], Proto-Indo-European *gwheibh

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Noun[edit]

coif (plural coifs)

  1. A hairdo
  2. A hood; a close-fitting cap covering much of the head, widespread until XVIII century; after that worn only by small children and countrywomen
  3. An item of chain mail headgear
  4. An official headdress, such as that worn by certain judges in England.
    • H. Brocke
      From point and saucy ermine down / To the plain coif and russet gown.
    • Francis Bacon
      The judges, [] althout they are not of the first magnitude, nor need be of the degree of the coif, yet are they considerable.

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Verb[edit]

coif (third-person singular simple present coifs, present participle coiffing or coifing, simple past and past participle coiffed or coifed)

  1. (transitive) To style or arrange hair.

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  1. ^ http://books.google.pl/books/about/Slavic_Tocharian_isoglosses.html?id=mrnOSAAACAAJ&redir_esc=y Vaclav Blazk, Slavic - Tocharian isoglosses

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin cofea. Compare French coiffe.

Noun[edit]

coif n (plural coifuri)

  1. casque

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