Origin of tiffanyOld French tiphanie, Epiphany ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin theophania ; from Gr, literally , manifestation of God: reason for name uncertain
Origin of Tiffanyafter C. L. Tiffany (1812-1902), United States jeweler designating or of a raised mounting or setting for a finger ring, with a gem held in place by prongs
Origin of Tiffanyafter L. C. Tiffany (1848-1933), U.S. designer & glass manufacturer, son of the jeweler designating or of an art nouveau style or design in stained glass, metalwork, jewelry, etc.
Origin of tiffanyProbably from obsolete French tiphanie, Epiphany, from Old French, from Late Latin theophania; see theophany.
- A kind of gauze, or very thin silk.
- The smoke of sulphur [...] is commonly used by women to whiten tiffanies. "” Sir Thomas Browne.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Old English tiffenay; compare Old French tiffe ornament, tiffer to adjust, adorn. See tiff to dress.
From a surname based on a medieval given name Theophania, from Ancient Greek theos "god"+phainein"to appear", traditionally given to girls born at Epiphany.