• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fontange A kind of tall headdress formerly worn.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fontange A head-dress fashionable in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It arose from the use of a ribbon by the Duchesse (then Mademoiselle) de Fontanges (about 1680) to fasten her coiffure when her hat had blown off, with bows falling gracefully over the brow. The name was applied to many modifications of the original simple ribbon or band of lace. A cap with trimmings of lace, and later a high head-dress similar to the commode, were successively called by this name.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fontange fong-tanzh′ a tall head-dress worn in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from the name of the first wearer, Mlle. de Fontanges, about 1679
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., from Fontanges, the territorial title of one of Louis XIV.'s drabs.


In literature:

We want you and your 'de Fontanges' to climb down.
"A Sappho of Green Springs" by Bret Harte
Her name is Fontanges, and God has never made anything so beautiful.
"The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete" by Madame La Marquise De Montespan
La Fontange loved him also, but only like the heroine of a romance; she was a furiously romantic person.
"The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete" by Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
Fontange tells me my Glass is not true.
"The Spectator, Volume 2." by Addison and Steele
Fontange tells me my Glass is not true.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
On the other hand, tongues were loud and clamorous among the cordage of la Fontange.
"The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas" by James Fenimore Cooper
The cavalry division of Ameil and the brigade of Fontanges served as a reserve for these four divisions.
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
"English Satires" by Various
Madame de Fontanges was, as they asserted, in her chamber, or, what may now be more correctly styled, her boudoir.
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Implacably she hated the Duchess of Fontanges.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott