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Borrowed from French bandeau, from Old French bandel, diminutive form of bande. Doublet of bendel.


or as in French


bandeau (plural bandeaux or bandeaus)

  1. A band for the hair.
    She wore a bandeau in her hair.
    • 2002, Raoul d'Harcourt, Textiles of Ancient Peru and Their Techniques
      Fragment of a wool cap, of which only the bandeau is well preserved. It is made in square knotting in alternate directions (see Fig. 79).
  2. (medicine) A band.
    • 1998, AANS Publications Committee: Setti S. Rengachary, MD, and Edward C. Benzel, MD, Calvarial and Dural Reconstruction: Neurosurgical Topics
      The frontal bandeau is then elevated en bloc. A Bi on BC1 (Midas Rex) bit is used to create the osteotomies circumferentially.
    • 1999, Bill C. Terry, Maxime Champy, Franz Härle, et al, Atlas of Craniomaxillofacial Osteosynthesis: miniplates, microplates, and screws
      The supraorbital bandeau is fixed to the nasal structure by a titanium [...]
      This bandeau is fixed by microplates. The median bone strip is fixed to the [...]
  3. A narrow, tight bra, especially when strapless; hence, any women's top made from a similar band of fabric.
    • 2016, Jess Cartner-Morley, The Guardian, 13 December:
      At Paris fashion week, a few weeks later, Kim’s sister Kendall wore a minimalist black bandeau top that echoed Kim’s look.



Old French bandel, from bande + -el.


  • IPA(key): /bɑ̃.do/
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bandeau m (plural bandeaux)

  1. headband, bandeau
  2. bandage
  3. blindfold
  4. (Toulouse, now historical) A tight headband worn for a long time, usually from youth, for the ancient folk custom of cranial deformation.

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