Coiffure is a fancy French word for hairdo. If you spend a lot of time working on your coiffure, you spend a lot of time in front of the mirror fixing your hair.

The word coiffure originally meant hairstylist, now it means the style. The word implies an elaborate style, not just a regular haircut. A beehive hairdo, for instance, would be rightly called a coiffure. A military-style buzz cut is just a trim. The word can be shortened to coif, but be careful as this word has other meanings as well.

Definitions of coiffure

n the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)

coif, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle
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a hairdo resembling a beehive
a woman's hairstyle in which the hair gives a puffy appearance
the style in which hair has been cut
Afro, Afro hairdo
a rounded thickly curled hairdo
bang, fringe
a border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead
a hair style for women and children; a short haircut all around
a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair
braid, plait, tress, twist
a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
a roll of hair worn at the nape of the neck
a hairdo characterized by deep regular waves that are made by a heated curling iron
a smooth hair style with the ends of the hair curled inward
a hair style in which the front hair is swept up from the forehead
a hair style that draws the hair back so that it hangs down in back of the head like a pony's tail
a roll of hair brushed back from the forehead
scalp lock
a long tuft of hair left on top of the shaven head
hair resembling thatched roofing material
finger wave
a wave made with the fingers
a braid of hair at the back of the head
a plait of braided hair
perm, permanent, permanent wave
a series of waves in the hair made by applying heat and chemicals
brush cut
a short haircut with hairs standing up like a brush
crew cut, flattop
a closely cropped haircut; usually for men
mohawk, mohawk haircut
haircut in which the head is shaved except for a band of hair down the middle of the scalp
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a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss

v arrange attractively

arrange, coif, coiffe, do, dress, set
curry, dress, groom
give a neat appearance to
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cut hair in the style of a bob
set waves in
make a marcel in a woman's hair
gauffer, goffer
make wavy with a heated goffering iron
give a permanent wave to
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groom, neaten
care for one's external appearance

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