coif

/koyf/ A title given to Serjeants at law, who are called "serjeants of the coif," from the coif they wear on their heads. The use of this coif at first was to cover the clerical tonsure, many of the practicing serjeants being clergymen who had abandoned their profession. It was a thin linen cover, gathered together in the form of a skull or helmet; the material being afterwards changed into white silk, and the form eventually into the black patch at the top of the forensic wig, which is now the distinguishing mark of the degree of serjeant at law. Order of the coif. Honorary legal fraternity made up of law students with high standing in law school class

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • coif — COIF, coifuri, s.n. Acoperământ de metal sau de piele pentru protecţia capului, purtat în trecut de unii ostaşi în timpul luptei. ♦ Caschetă de hârtie în formă de bicorn, cu care se joacă copiii, care se poartă ocazional pentru a proteja capul de …   Dicționar Român

  • Coif — (koif or kw[aum]f), v. t. [Cf. F. coiffer.] To cover or dress with, or as with, a coif. [1913 Webster] And coif me, where I m bald, with flowers. J. G. Cooper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coif — (koif or kw[aum]f), n. [OF. coife, F. coiffe, LL. cofea, cuphia, fr. OHG. kuppa, kuppha, miter, perh. fr. L. cupa tub. See {Cup}, n.; but cf. also {Cop}, {Cuff} the article of dress, {Quoif}, n.] 1. A cap. Specifically: (a) A close fitting cap… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coif — coif·feur; coif·feuse; coif; coif·fure; …   English syllables

  • coif — [koif; ] for n.5 & vt. [ kwäf] n. [ME & OFr coife < LL cofea, a cap, hood < ?] 1. a cap that fits the head closely 2. a white cap formerly worn by English lawyers, esp. by serjeants at law 3. the rank of serjeant at law 4. a thick skullcap… …   English World dictionary

  • coif — n. A headdress; a white piece of cloth worn by top English lawyers on top of their wigs. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • coif — (n.) late 13c., close fitting cap, from O.Fr. coife skull cap, cap worn under a helmet, headgear (12c., Mod.Fr. coiffe), from L.L. coifa a cap, hood (Cf. It. cuffia, Sp. cofia, escofia), of W.Gmc. origin (Cf. O.H.G. kupphia, M.H.G. kupfe cap ).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Coif — (Quoif) A close cap for the head. Seen early in the 13th century. In the time of Henry III it was always represented white, apparently of linen, and tied under the chin like a child s night cap. On the heads of men hunting and of knights in… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • coif — ► NOUN ▪ a close fitting cap worn by nuns under a veil. ► VERB (coiffed, coiffing; US also coifed, coifing) ▪ style or arrange (someone s hair). ORIGIN Old French coife headdress , from Latin cofia helmet …   English terms dictionary

  • Coif — For coiffure , see Hairstyle. Detail of Edward VI as a child by Holbein, 1538: he wears a linen coif under a cloth of gold coif and a feathered hat. A coif ( …   Wikipedia

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