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handkerchief

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noun hand·ker·chief \ˈhaŋ-kər-chəf, -(ˌ)chif, -ˌchēf\

Simple Definition of handkerchief

  • : a small cloth used for wiping your face, nose, or eyes

Full Definition of handkerchief

plural hand·ker·chiefs also hand·ker·chievesplay \-chəfs, -(ˌ)chifs, -ˌchēvz, -ˌchēfs, -chəvz, -(ˌ)chivz\

  1. 1 :  a small usually square piece of cloth used for usually personal purposes (as blowing the nose) or as a clothing accessory

  2. 2 :  kerchief 1

Examples of handkerchief

  1. <tied a handkerchief around her head and set about cleaning out the dust-covered attic>

  2. <usually dries her hands on her handkerchief when there are no towels available>



1530

First Known Use of handkerchief

1530



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