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This week’s words come from Madame Tussuad by Michelle Moran. She kindly included a glossary which was a very big help since, needless to say, there were many French words in this one.

Fichu – “Curtius has bought me a silk fichu for the occasion.”

Fichu is a kerchief worn in front of a lady’s bodice.

à catogan – “His long hair was dressed à catogan and tied with a blue silk ribbon that matches his silk culottes, and the long tails of his coat have been richly embroidered.”

Catogan is a way of tying hair back in a small ponytail or braid with ribbon.

Chandler – “Everyone has come to see me off, from our tailor and Yachin to the chandler down the street.”

A chandler is a person who makes or sells candles.

orangerie – “I am given a tour of the grounds, beginning with the cheerful orangerie, painted white and gold as if to remind people of it’s purpose.”

An orangerie is similar to a greenhouse where orange trees and other fruits are grown.

So, what words had you heading for the dictionary?