1 [koif]
a hood-shaped cap, usually of white cloth and with extended sides, worn beneath a veil, as by nuns.
any of various hoodlike caps, varying through the centuries in shape and purpose, worn by men and women.
a cap similar to a skullcap, formerly worn by sergeants at law.
Armor. a covering for the head and neck, made of leather, padded cloth, or mail.
British. the rank or position of a sergeant at law.
verb (used with object)
to cover or dress with or as with a coif.

1250–1300; Middle English coyf(e) < Anglo-French coife, Old French coiffe < Late Latin cofia, cofea headdress, sort of cap < West Germanic *kuf(f)ja Unabridged


2 [kwahf, koif]
noun, verb (used with object)
coiffure ( defs 1, 3 ).
Also, coiffe.

probably back formation from coiffure, or < French coiffer, its base Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
coif (kɔɪf)
1.  a close-fitting cap worn under a veil, worn in the Middle Ages by many women but now only by nuns
2.  any similar cap, such as a leather cap worn under a chain-mail hood
3.  (formerly in England) the white cap worn by a serjeant at law
4.  a base for the elaborate women's headdresses of the 16th century
5.  a less common word for coiffure
vb , coifs, coiffing, coiffed
6.  to cover with or as if with a coif
7.  to arrange (the hair)
[C14: from Old French coiffe, from Late Latin cofea helmet, cap, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

"close-fitting cap," early 14c., from O.Fr. coife, from L.L. coifa "a cap, hood," of W.Gmc. origin (cf. M.H.G. kupfe "cap").
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