- a cap that fits the head closely
- a white cap formerly worn by English lawyers, esp. by serjeants-at-law
- the rank of serjeant-at-law
- a thick skullcap formerly worn under a hood of mail
Origin of coifback-form. < coiffure a style of arranging the hair
Origin of coifMiddle English and Old French coife from Late Latin cofea, a cap, hood from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to cover with or as with a coif
- to style (the hair)
- to give a coiffure to
- A coiffure.
- A tight-fitting cap that covers the top, back, and sides of the head and is now often worn under a veil, as by nuns.
- A white skullcap formerly worn by English lawyers.
- a. A hood of chain mail or other heavy material, usually worn under a helmet.b. A cervellière.
transitive verbcoifed, coif·ing, coifs
- To arrange or dress (the hair).
- To cover with or as if with a coif.
Origin of coifMiddle English from Old French coife from Late Latin cofea helmet of Germanic origin
(third-person singular simple present coifs, present participle coiffing, coifing, simple past and past participle coiffed, coifed)
- To style or arrange hair.