fichu


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fich·u

 (fĭsh′o͞o, fē-sho͞o′)
n.
A woman's triangular scarf of lightweight fabric, worn over the shoulders and crossed or tied in a loose knot at the breast.

[French, from past participle of ficher, to fix, from Vulgar Latin *figicāre, from Latin fīgere; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.]

fichu

(ˈfiːʃuː)
n
(Clothing & Fashion) a woman's shawl or scarf of some light material, worn esp in the 18th century
[C19: from French: small shawl, from ficher to fix with a pin, from Latin fīgere to fasten, fix]

fich•u

(ˈfɪʃ u, ˈfi ʃu)

n., pl. fich•us.
a woman's sheer triangular scarf, worn over the shoulders or around the neck, often with the ends tucked into a low neckline.
[1795–1805; < French: n. use of past participle of ficher to drive in, fix, throw < Latin fīgere]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fichu - a lightweight triangular scarf worn by a womanfichu - a lightweight triangular scarf worn by a woman
scarf - a garment worn around the head or neck or shoulders for warmth or decoration
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Berg rose and embraced his wife carefully, so as not to crush her lace fichu for which he had paid a good price, kissing her straight on the lips.
Princess Yusupova wore one exactly like this," said Berg, pointing to the fichu with a happy and kindly smile.
Mademoiselle Stangerson threw a fichu shawl over her shoulders and I plainly saw that it was she who was begging Monsieur Darzac to go with her into the garden.
Il a rappele, a ce propos, qu'avant l'avenement de cette tenue, les Algeroises mettaient des [beaucoup moins que]fouta[beaucoup plus grand que], une sorte de fichu, pour se couvrir la tete en sortant de leurs maisons.
La tisseuse est presentee comme une tisseuse anatolienne, c'est-a-dire vetue d'un fichu, d'une jupe et de toutes sortes d'artifices rappelant le monde rural.
J'etais a la maison, j'etouffais, les maisons brulaient, on ne voyait plus rien", a raconte Valentina Britova, une retraitee en fichu, sur la chaEne de television Rossia.
Get the Look from Worth: The Fichu Jacket and Peg Skirt in metallic tweed, a paper-finished leather cargo "shacket" and the Bacall Swing Jacket and Skirt in champagne-colored natural gloss linen.
He describes the heroine, Arlette, entering the novel thus: "A young woman with a fichu round her neck and a striped white and red skirt, with black hair and a red mouth, appeared in an inner doorway" (1992, 21).
The joketeller may ask the audience to identify cashew, tissue, fichu, a shoe, ketchup, or curfew, in order to respond Gesundheit.
It's very Jean Paul Gaultier or Vivienne Westwood,'' he says with glee upon discovering a crinkled pink suit with a fichu (portrait- style) collar.