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Today's word is:

coif

noun

1 |koif| a woman's close-fitting cap, now only worn under a veil by nuns.

  • Historical a protective metal skullcap worn under armor.

2 |kwäf; koif| informal short for coiffure .

verb

|kwäf; koif| |kwɑf| |kwɑːf| |kwɒf| ( coiffed, coiffing; also coifed |kwɑft|, coifing |kwɑfɪŋ|) [ trans. ]

  • Style or arrange (someone's hair), typically in an elaborate way : [as adj. ] ( coiffed) Her elaborately coiffed hair.
  • Style or arrange the hair of (someone) : She was sent to Paris to be groomed and coiffed.

ORIGIN: Middle English : from Old French coife 'headdress,' from late Latin cofia 'helmet.'