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A woman wearing a headband and playing violin
Eva Novak wearing a hairband bandeau
A woman pulling up a bra
A woman adjusting a bandeau-style bra


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.
    • 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XVIII, in Romance and Reality. [], volume I, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, [], →OCLC, page 221:
      You dress with a square glass before you, and a long glass behind you; your hair trusts to its own brown or black attractions, either curled or braided,—or you put on a wreath, a bunch of flowers, or a pearl bandeau;...
    • 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 December 13, Jess Cartner-Morley, The Guardian:
      At Paris fashion week, a few weeks later, Kim’s sister Kendall wore a minimalist black bandeau top that echoed Kim’s look.




From 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


  • English: bandeau

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