Middle English from Old French coifefrom Late Latin cofeahelmetof Germanic origin
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle French coiffer, from Late Latin cofia, of West Germanic origin. See also Middle High German kupfe (“cap”), Old High German kupphia (“cap”), Polishcipa (“cap”), Tochariankŭpŭ (vulva), Proto-Indo-European *gwheibh
Coif Sentence Examples
Her long, dark hair was bound up under a simple white linen coif over which she wore her usual headdress.
The backpack was ditched for a plastic one and a load of green stuff used to make the chain mail coif.
It is suggested that a chainmail head coif may have offered some additional protection to the combatants at Wisby.
The first figure has a knee-length hauberk with integral mail coif and a simple helmet with nasal.