Meaning of chiffon in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʃɪfɒn/

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  • 1mass noun A light, transparent fabric typically made of silk or nylon.

    as modifier ‘a chiffon blouse’
    • ‘Floral prints in combination with light, natural fibres like chiffon, silk and linen underscore this young and natural look.’
    • ‘Silk and chiffon are the hottest fabrics for brides.’
    • ‘The fabrics used for women had cotton, linen, silk and chiffon, while those for men had velvet and denim.’
    • ‘She explored new territory by turning her focus to flirty, light pieces in soft, pastel tones in satin, chiffon and graphic-printed silks.’
    • ‘These cloths include silk and chiffon and each piece of work takes eight to ten days, and she has to paint from four to six hours each day.’
    • ‘In addition to the traditional heavier fall fabrics, chiffon and satin provide a lighter approach to the season.’
    • ‘The girls looked stunning in silk, chiffon and velvet as they modelled stunning two-piece outfits and flowing ensembles.’
    • ‘He is also the first designer to use batik on silk and chiffon.’
    • ‘Fabrics offer luxurious style in rich velvets, sheer chiffon, shiny satin and slinky jerseys.’
    • ‘Black coats, delicate sheer blouses in white chiffon and satin dresses in gold, silver, pale pink and lilac completes the picture of perfect style.’
    • ‘It was silk chiffon and had a skirt with 360-degree pleats.’
    • ‘Designs of silk chiffon were drenched with a multitude of colors to create a brilliant abstract motif and finely detailed floral prints.’
    • ‘Her Grecian style gown was made entirely of scarlet silk and chiffon which gave the illusion of translucency.’
    • ‘It was beautiful dress that reached to my knees with flowing wisps of silk and chiffon.’
    • ‘Extremely gorgeous embroidery, graceful silk and satin and flowing chiffon creates a smart profile for today's woman.’
    • ‘Most special occasion dresses are made of chiffon, georgette, silk or man-made silk, organza, or crepe.’
    • ‘The fabrics for spring are satin, jersey, chiffon and lace, turning up in every category from street wear to evening wear.’
    • ‘Kaleidoscope fashions with swirling flowers and paisley prints make little chiffon or satin dresses very bold and enticing.’
    • ‘Tweed, tulle and chiffon will continue to show the textural variations we have become familiar with in recent times.’
    • ‘The body of the dress was made from a mixture of satin and chiffon.’
    mesh, netting, net, lattice
  • 2as modifier (of a cake or dessert) made with beaten egg to give a light consistency.

    ‘chiffon cake’
    • ‘Robin has played with a few ideas to replace it, including a banana chiffon cake, which she runs as specials to see if they'll generate interest.’
    • ‘Today I made spice & tea chiffon cake from a cookbook by Makiko Fujino (in Japanese).’
    • ‘The problem was, I didn't own a chiffon cake pan.’
    • ‘You can't go wrong with a coffee cake - it's not as finicky as an angel or chiffon cake, say, and there's no pastry to fret about.’
    • ‘Lemon chiffon pie, lemon meringue pie, lemon mousse, and lemon soufflé are just a few of scores of examples.’


Mid 18th century (originally plural, denoting trimmings on a woman's dress): from French, from chiffe ‘rag’.