- a woman’s close-fitting cap,
- a hoodlike cap worn under a veil by nuns
- historical a protective metal skullcap worn under armor.
- short for coiffure.
- style or arrange (someone’s hair)
- to cover or dress with or as if with a coif
- to arrange (hair) by brushing, combing, or curling, typically in an elaborate way.
15th century Middle English: from Old French coife ‘headdress,’ from late Latin cofia ‘helmet.’