[sheen-yon, sheen-yuhn; French shee-nyawn] /ˈʃin yɒn, ʃinˈyʌn; French ʃiˈnyɔ̃/ Show IPA
[sheen-yonz, sheen-yuhnz; French shee-nyawn] /ˈʃin yɒnz, ʃinˈyʌnz; French ʃiˈnyɔ̃/ Show IPA
a large, smooth twist, roll, or knot of hair, worn by women at the nape of the neck or the back of the head.
Origin 1775–85; < French: nape, roll of hair at nape, blend of Middle Frenchchaignon (variant of chainon link, equivalent to chainechain + -on noun suffix) and tignon twist of hair (tigne (< Latintinea worm) + -on noun suffix)
Related forms chignoned, adjective
chignon (ˈʃiːnjɒn, French ʃiɲɔ̃)
an arrangement of long hair in a roll or knot at the back of the head
[C18: from French, from Old French chaignon link, from chainechain; influenced also by Old French tignon coil of hair, from tigne, moth, from Latin tinea moth]