[boo-fahnt, boo-fahnt; French boo-fahn]
puffed out; full: a bouffant skirt.
a woman's hair style in which the hair is teased to give an overall puffed-out appearance and often combed to frame the face.

1875–80; < French: literally, swelling (bouff(er) to swell + -ant -ant)

bouffancy [boo-fuhn-see] , noun
semibouffant, adjective Unabridged
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bouffant (ˈbuːfɒŋ)
1.  (of a hair style) having extra height and width through back-combing; puffed out
2.  (of sleeves, skirts, etc) puffed out
3.  a bouffant hair style
[C20: from French, from bouffer to puff up]

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Word Origin & History

1880, from Fr., prp. of bouffer "to puff out," from O.Fr. bouffer (12c.), from V.L. *buffare, probably ultimately imitative of puffing. First used of hairdo style 1955.
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Example sentences
She debuted a shortened and lightened version of her signature bouffant.
The brush-cut hair that blew to bangs and billowed to bouffant has been tamed and dyed.
Her bouffant shoulder-length veil was trimmed in organdy flowers and pearls.
The bride chose for her wedding a lovely bouffant gown of white chiffon, with a
  five-year court train.
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