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chiffon

[shi-fon, shif-on] /ʃɪˈfɒn, ˈʃɪf ɒn/
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 of chiffon
1755-1765
1755-65; < French, equivalent to chiffe rag (< Arabic shiff sheer fabric) + -on noun suffix
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chiffon

/ʃɪˈfɒn; ˈʃɪfɒn/
noun
1.
a fine transparent or almost transparent plain-weave fabric of silk, nylon, etc
2.
(often pl) (rare) feminine finery
adjective
3.
made of chiffon
4.
(of soufflés, pies, cakes, etc) having a very light fluffy texture
Derived Forms
chiffony, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French, from chiffe rag; probably related to chip
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Word Origin and History for chiffon
n.

"feminine finery, sheer silk fabric," 1765, from French chiffon (17c.), diminutive of chiffe "a rag, piece of cloth" (17c.), of unknown origin, perhaps a variant of English chip (n.1) or one of its Germanic cousins. Klein suggests Arabic. Extension to pastry is attested by 1929.

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