chiffon

[shi-fon, shif-on]
noun
1.
a sheer fabric of silk, nylon, or rayon in plain weave.
2.
any women's dress ornament, as ribbon or lace.
adjective
3.
(of dresses, scarves, etc.) resembling or made of chiffon.
4.
(in cooking) having a light, frothy texture, as certain pies and cakes containing beaten egg whites.

Origin:
1755–65; < French, equivalent to chiffe rag (< Arabic shiff sheer fabric) + -on noun suffix

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chiffon (ʃɪˈfɒn, ˈʃɪfɒn)
 
n
1.  a fine transparent or almost transparent plain-weave fabric of silk, nylon, etc
2.  rare (often plural) feminine finery
 
adj
3.  made of chiffon
4.  (of soufflés, pies, cakes, etc) having a very light fluffy texture
 
[C18: from French, from chiffe rag; probably related to chip]
 
'chiffony
 
adj

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chiffon
1765, from Fr., dim. of chiffe "a rag, piece of cloth," perhaps a variant of Eng. chip. Extension to pastry is 1929.
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chiffon

in textiles, lightweight, sheer fabric of plain weave, usually of silk or one of the synthetic fibres. Although delicate in appearance, it is a relatively strong, balanced fabric and can be dyed or printed for use in dresses, millinery, scarves, and lampshades. The word chiffon is also used as a modifier to mean a lightweight or softly draping condition-e.g., chiffon velvet and chiffon taffeta.

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