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Definition of the noun coif

What does coif mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: coifs

  1. the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonyms of coif: coiffure / hair style / hairdo / hairstyle
    • more generic word: hair = a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures
    • more specific terms:
      • beehive = a hairdo resembling a beehive
      • bouffant = a woman's hairstyle in which the hair gives a puffy appearance
      • haircut = the style in which hair has been cut
      • Afro hairdo / Afro = a rounded thickly curled hairdo
      • fringe / bang = a border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead
      • bob = a hair style for women and children
      • wave = a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair
      • braid / plait / tress / twist = a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
      • chignon = a roll of hair worn at the nape of the neck
      • marcel = a hairdo characterized by deep regular waves that are made by a heated curling iron
      • pageboy = a smooth hair style with the ends of the hair curled inward
      • pompadour = a hair style in which the front hair is swept up from the forehead
      • ponytail = a hair style that draws the hair back so that it hangs down in back of the head like a pony's tail
      • roach = a roll of hair brushed back from the forehead
      • scalp lock = a long tuft of hair left on top of the shaven head
      • thatch = hair resembling thatched roofing material
    • parts:
      • rat = a pad (usually made of hair) worn as part of a woman's coiffure
      • ringlet / whorl / curl / lock = a strand or cluster of hair
  2. a skullcap worn by nuns under a veil or by soldiers under a hood of mail or formerly by British sergeants-at-law
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: skullcap = rounded brimless cap fitting the crown of the head

Alternative definition of the noun coif


  1. A hairdo
  2. A hood
  3. A chain mail head gear

Definition of the verb coif

What does coif mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: coiffed, coiffing

  1. cover with a coif
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: cover = provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  2. arrange attractively
    • example: They coif their hair
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonyms of coif: arrange / coiffe / coiffure / do / dress / set
    • more generic words: groom / neaten = care for one's external appearance
    • more specific words:
      • bob = cut hair in the style of a bob
      • wave = set waves in

Alternative definition of the verb coif


  1. [transitive] To style or arrange hair.


Coif: A coif is a close fitting cap that covers the top, back, and sides of the head.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Coif

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Google previewA Handbook of Costume Drawing (2013)

A Guide to Drawing the Period Figure for Costume Design Students by Georgia Baker

A coif is a fitted cap that ties under the chin. Neck/Shoulder/Arm The bliaut, worn by men and women, is a tunic with a round or keyhole neckline and soft shoulders. The dolman sleeve is cut fuller at the shoulder and narrows as it tapers to the ...

Google previewAll Things Medieval: An Encyclopedia of the Medieval World [2 volumes] (2011)

An Encyclopedia of the Medieval World by Ruth A Johnston

By the late 13th century, the coif hat had evolved into a little coronet. It was an open band that could be plain, like a narrow cloth fillet, or pleated to look like a white fabric crown. The barbette under the chin could be narrow or wide. During the ...

Google previewHats and Headwear around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia (2013)

A Cultural Encyclopedia by Beverly Chico

the white coif edged by lace was heavily starched with fluted pleating, giving the elegant effect of the sun's rays around the wearer's head. Within the department of Vendée, province of Poitou, recent interest has focused ...

Google previewThe Complete Costume Dictionary (2011)

by Elizabeth J. Lewandowski

Coif. cofia de tranzado: Renaissance (1450—1550 C.E.).

Google previewA Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language (1818)

To which are Prefixed, Principles of English Pronunciation ... Likewise, Rules to be Observed by the Natives of Scotland, Ireland, and London, for Avoiding Their Respective Peculiarities; and Directions to Foreigners, for Acquiring a Knowledge of the Use of this Dictionary. The Whole Interspersed with Observations, Etymological, Critical, and Grammatical by John Walker

Properly Coif. Any cap with which the head is covered ; the cap of a serjeant at law.—See Coif. To reA case for arTo Quoif, kwólf, v. a. 415. To cap, to dress with a head-dress. Quoirrunz, kwolf'-tire, s. Properly Coif. fure. Head-dress. Quoit, kwoit ...

Google previewA critical pronouncing dictionary, etc. (A new edition.). (1822)

by John WALKER (the Philologist.)

Properly Coif. fure. Head-dress. QUOIT,kwbit, s. Properly Coit.415. Something thrown to a great distance to a certain point; the discus of the ancients is sometimes called in English Quoit, but improperly. ** Till the orthography of a word is fixed, ...

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Coif Meaning

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Scrabble value of C3O1I1F4

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of COIF

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  • FIOC

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