noun, plural fich·us [fish-ooz; French fee-shy] /ˈfɪʃ uz; French fiˈʃü/.
- a woman’s kerchief or shawl, generally triangular in shape, worn draped over the shoulders or around the neck with the ends drawn together on the breast.
- a woman’s shawl or scarf of some light material, worn esp in the 18th century
1803, from French fichu (18c. in this sense), apparently a noun use of the adj. fichu “carelessly thrown on,” from Latin figere “to fasten” (see fix). “[M]od. substitution for a coarser word” [Weekley].