Meaning of French hood in English:

French hood

Pronunciation /ˌfrɛn(t)ʃ ˈhʊd/


  • A women's headdress in a style regarded as French; specifically one of the 16th and 17th centuries, consisting of a bow-shaped front piece contoured to the head and almost covering the ears, from which a cloth tippet fell, covering the neck and upper back.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Heywood (c1496–c1578), playwright and epigrammatist. From French + hood.