chignon ˈshēn-ˌyän , -ˌyȯn noun
: a roll of hair worn at the nape of the neck
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.)