Word + Quiz: chignon

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Word + Quiz: chignon

: a roll of hair worn at the nape of the neck

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The word chignon has appeared in three articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Jan. 23 in “In Paris, Champagne and a Butterfly” by Kathleen Beckett:

They came Monday evening to see the latest addition to the museum’s 4,000-piece permanent jewelry collection: a small butterfly brooch by the Taiwanese jeweler Cindy Chao, displayed in a glass vitrine in its Galerie des Bijoux.

… Ms. Chao, who calls her business The Art Jewel, described the piece as sculptural. “My grandfather was an architect and my father a sculptor. Art is in my blood,” she told her guests during brief remarks, after being introduced by the museum’s director general, Sylvie Corréard. (Ms. Chao wore a black velvet tuxedo suit and had her hair in a chignon, clearly displaying a pair of her peony earrings that feature 10-carat diamonds and 1,300 small sapphires. A brand executive at the event said the earrings cost $1.56 million.)

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