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fichu

[fish-oo; French fee-shy] /ˈfɪʃ u; French fiˈʃü/
noun, plural fichus
[fish-ooz; French fee-shy] /ˈfɪʃ uz; French fiˈʃü/ (Show IPA)
1.
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
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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Examples for fichu
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for fichu

fichu

/ˈfiːʃuː/
noun
1.
a woman's shawl or scarf of some light material, worn esp in the 18th century
Word Origin
C19: from French: small shawl, from ficher to fix with a pin, from Latin fīgere to fasten, fix
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Word Origin and History for fichu
n.

1803, from French fichu (18c. in this sense), apparently a noun use of the adj. fichu "carelessly thrown on," from Latin figere "to fasten" (see fix). "[M]od. substitution for a coarser word" [Weekley].

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