chiffon[s̸hi fän′; also, s̸hif′än′]
- a sheer, lightweight fabric of silk, nylon, etc.
- ribbons, laces, etc. used as accessories to a woman's dress
Origin of chiffonFrench diminutive of chiffe, a rag, piece of cloth ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Arabic šiff, light garment
- made of chiffon
- Cooking made light and porous as by the addition of stiffly beaten egg whites: lemon chiffon pie
- A plain-woven fabric of sheer silk, cotton, or rayon.
- Ornamental accessories, such as ribbons or laces, for women's clothing.
- Of, relating to, or resembling the fabric chiffon.
- Made light and fluffy by the addition of beaten egg whites or gelatin: a lemon chiffon pie.
Origin of chiffonFrench, rag, scrap, ornamental piece of ribbon or lace, from chiffe, rag, alteration (influenced by Old French chifre, zero, thing of little value) of Old French chipe, from Middle English chip, chip, wood shaving; see chip1.
- A sheer silk or rayon fabric
- Her dresses are made from these marvelous chiffons.
Borrowing from French chiffon, from Middle French chiffe "cloth, old rag" from Old French chipe "rag", from Middle English chip, chippe "chip, shard, fragment" from Old English ċipp "chip, splinter, beam" from Proto-Germanic *kippaz, *kipaz (“log, beam”). Akin to Old Saxon kip "beam, post", Old High German kipfa "axle-rod, stave". More at chip.