What is coif?


A coif ( /ˈkɔɪf/) is a close fitting cap that covers the top, back, and sides of the head.

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Serjeant-at-law - Organisation - Robes
... The traditional clothing of a Serjeant-at-Law consisted of a Coif, a robe and a furred cloak ... The Coif was the main symbol of the Order of Serjeants-at-Law, and is where their most recognisable name (the Order of the Coif) comes from ... The Coif was white and made of either silk or lawn ...
Religious Habit - Habits of Roman Catholic Religious Orders - Nuns
... consists of the following elements White coif This is the garment's headpiece and includes the white cotton cap secured by a bandeau and a white wimple or guimpe of starched linen ... The cornette was another type of coif ... Black veil This element is worn pinned over the coif head coverings and could be worn down to cover the face or up to expose it ...
Coif - History
... Coifs date from the 13th century, but fell out of popularity with men in the 14th century ... Coifs were worn by all classes in England and Scotland from the Middle Ages to the early seventeenth century (and later as an old-fashioned cap for countrywomen and young children) ... Tudor (later Stewart in Scotland) and earlier coifs are usually made of unadorned white linen and tied under the chin ...
... and served as a replacement for a mail coif. 15th century, the aventail had replaced the mail coif completely ... Only those who were poor or who were collectors of the sort had a mail coif ...
1400–1500 In Fashion - Women's Fashion - Style Gallery – Northern Europe 1480s–1490s
... Hypsipylé, first wife of Jason is depicted wearing an embroidered coif or cap decorated with small slashes, with her hair braided down her back underneath ... period features a striped veil wrapped over an embroidered padded roll with a jewel, worn over a coif tied under the chin ... over the brow is probably a matching "forehead cloth" rather than part of the coif ...

More definitions of "coif":

  • (noun): A skullcap worn by nuns under a veil or by soldiers under a hood of mail or formerly by British sergeants-at-law.
  • (verb): Cover with a coif.