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The arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair).  Synonyms: coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle.
A skullcap worn by nuns under a veil or by soldiers under a hood of mail or formerly by British sergeants-at-law.

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"Coif" Quotes from Famous Books

... fall upon each other. They were both expert fencers. At his first lunge the knight would have wounded Erec had he not skilfully parried. Even so, he smote him so hard over the shield beside his temple that he struck a piece from his helmet. Closely shaving his white coif, the sword descends, cleaving the shield through to the buckle, and cutting more than a span from the side of his hauberk. Then he must have been well stunned, as the cold steel penetrated to the flesh on his thigh. May God protect him now! If the blow had not glanced off, it would ...
— Four Arthurian Romances - "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" • Chretien de Troyes

... the glory of Ashbourne Church. It was of white marble, and beautifully sculptured. Sir Guy de Claremont lay represented in full armor, with his lady in ruff and coif by his side. Six sons and four daughters, all kneeling, were carved in has relief round the side of the monument. Long, long ago, in the Middle Ages, the de Claremonts had been the great people of the neighborhood. They had fought in the Crusades, ...
— The Luckiest Girl in the School • Angela Brazil

... attendance (having first dried the place anointed with fine cotton wool) then closes the queen's robes at her breast, and after puts a linen coif upon her head; which being done, the archbishop puts the ring (which he receives from the master of the jewel-house) on the fourth finger of her ...
— Coronation Anecdotes • Giles Gossip

... is a picturesque variation of the popular coif, manifestly improves this type of face, and makes the ...
— What Dress Makes of Us • Dorothy Quigley

... habit of covering woman's hair indicated modesty (an idea held among the Folk), and the gradual shrinking of the dimensions of her coif, records the progress of the peasant woman's emancipation, in certain countries. This is especially conspicuous in Brittany, as M. Anatol Le Braz, the eminent Breton scholar, remarked ...
— Woman as Decoration • Emily Burbank

... a cubit long, or even more, which they ornament with peacocks feathers on the top, and all around with the feathers of a wild drake, and even with precious stones. The rich ladies wear this ornament on the top of their heads, binding it on strongly with a kind of hat or coif, which has a hole in its crown adapted for this purpose, and under this they collect their hair from the back of the head, lapped up in a kind of knot or bundle within the botta; and the whole is fixed on by means of a ligature under their throat. Hence, when a number of these ...
— A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 1 • Robert Kerr

... winged armies twain Their awful watch maintain; They mark the earth at rest with her Great Dead. Behold, from antres wide, Green Atlas heave his side; His moving woods their scarlet clusters shed, The swathing coif his front that cools, And tawny lions ...
— Poems by Jean Ingelow, In Two Volumes, Volume I. • Jean Ingelow

... 472. Glyn had assumed the coif in October, 1648, and in so doing had followed the example of Sir Henry Montague and others of his predecessors. The City had tried to get rid of Montague (in 1610) on the same grounds, but failed owing to the intervention of the king, who emphatically declared that ...
— London and the Kingdom - Volume II • Reginald R. Sharpe

Words linked to "Coif" :   bang, Afro, chignon, plait, whorl, neaten, pompadour, tress, haircut, pageboy, twist, roach, curl, rat, scalp lock, wave, hair, lock, groom, skullcap, ringlet, thatch, braid, Afro hairdo, ponytail, marcel, cover, bouffant, fringe, curry, bob, beehive

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