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chif·fon  audio  (sh-fn, shfn) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A fabric of sheer silk or rayon.
  2. Ornamental accessories, such as ribbons or laces, for women's clothing.
ADJECTIVE:
  1. Of, relating to, or resembling the fabric chiffon.
  2. Made light and fluffy by the addition of beaten egg whites or gelatin: a lemon chiffon pie.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, rag, chiffon, from chiffe, old rag, perhaps variant of Old French chipe, of Germanic origin


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