fichu

[fish-oo; French fee-shy]
noun, plural fichus [fish-ooz; French fee-shy] .
a woman's kerchief or shawl, generally triangular in shape, worn draped over the shoulders or around the neck with the ends drawn together on the breast.

Origin:
1795–1805; < French: noun use of fichu, past participle of ficher to drive in, fix (informally, to throw, fling; hence, something put on hastily, loosely attached) < Vulgar Latin *fīgicāre, for Latin fīgere; cf. finca

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fichu (ˈfiːʃuː)
 
n
a woman's shawl or scarf of some light material, worn esp in the 18th century
 
[C19: from French: small shawl, from ficher to fix with a pin, from Latin fīgere to fasten, fix]

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fichu
1803, from Fr. fichu, apparently a noun use of the adj. fichu carelessly thrown on.
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Example sentences
Over the combination corsage was worn an elegant fichu of duchesse lace, held by a valuable diamond breech, a gift of the groom.
New patterns are constantly coming in, and the variety in flounce scarf and fichu are wonderful, as well as novel and graceful.
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