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coif(formerly in England) the white cap worn by a SERJEANT AT LAW. It may have inspired the naming of the ORDER OF THE COIF.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006
COIF. A head-dress. In England there are certain serjeants at law, who are called serjeants of the coif, from the lawn coif they wear on their heads under their thin caps when they are admitted to that order.
A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.