kerchief

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English, from Old French couvrechief, from couvrir (to cover) + chief (head).

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Noun[edit]

kerchief (plural kerchiefs or kerchieves)

  1. (dated) A piece of cloth used to cover the head; a bandana.
    • 1823: Clement Clark Moore, The Night Before Christmas - And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap, / Had just settled down for a long winter's nap...

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Verb[edit]

kerchief (third-person singular simple present kerchiefs, present participle kerchiefing, simple past and past participle kerchiefed)

  1. (dated, transitive) To cover with a kerchief.

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