coiffure

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
  1. noun
    the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)
    synonyms: coif, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle
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    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, Afro hairdo
    a rounded thickly curled hairdo
    bang, fringe
    a border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead
    bob
    a hair style for women and children; a short haircut all around
    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
    finger wave
    a wave made with the fingers
    queue
    a braid of hair at the back of the head
    pigtail
    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
    type of:
    hair
    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
  2. verb
    arrange attractively
    synonyms: arrange, coif, coiffe, do, dress, set
    curry, dress, groom
    give a neat appearance to
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    bob
    cut hair in the style of a bob
    wave
    set waves in
    marcel
    make a marcel in a woman's hair
    gauffer, goffer
    make wavy with a heated goffering iron
    perm
    give a permanent wave to
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    groom, neaten
    care for one's external appearance
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