ban·​dan·​na | \ ban-ˈda-nə How to pronounce bandanna (audio) \
variants: or bandana

Definition of bandanna

: a large often colorfully patterned handkerchief

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Examples of bandanna in a Sentence

she uses her colorful print bandanna to keep the hair out of her eyes
Recent Examples on the Web Perez hung back behind her, silent beneath his bandanna and white mustache. Dallas News, "COVID ‘cowboys’ round up spring break scofflaws in Durango," 1 Apr. 2021 Perez hung back behind her, silent beneath his bandanna and white mustache. The Salt Lake Tribune, "This tourist town has come up with a creative way to marshal compliance with a COVID-19 mask mandate," 31 Mar. 2021 Orange police released a photo of him inside the building, wearing a black bandanna over his lower face, a baseball hat and sunglasses obscuring the rest of it, and a backpack slung over a shoulder. Washington Post, "Police seek answers in Southern California shooting that left four dead, including a 9-year-old," 1 Apr. 2021 Ton-That walked in a minute late, dressed in a paisley jacket, a red bandanna functioning as his mask. New York Times, "What Happens When Our Faces Are Tracked Everywhere We Go?," 18 Mar. 2021 While Jones was downstairs on the phone, Jordan was upstairs ditching a gun wrapped in a red bandanna in Jones’s bedroom, his lawyers say. Washington Post, "Can a decade-old witness confession help save Julius Jones from execution?," 5 Mar. 2021 Darlene tied a white bandanna around her neck but never pulled it up over her mouth and nose, despite the handmade signs around the Andre House campus reminding visitors that masks were required at the facility., "'I'm afraid to leave. I'm afraid to fail': Homeless for 6 years, Darlene wants to get off the streets ... or does she?," 22 Feb. 2021 There’s an orange bandanna wrapped around her long, gray hair, and her white German shepherd, Makwa, is leaping joyously at her side. Bill Donahue, Washington Post, "This Rural Liberal Set Out to Talk to His Pro-Trump Neighbors," 24 Feb. 2021 The weapon was speckled in blood, and its wooden handle was wrapped in a blue bandanna, a police photo showed. Ashley Southall, New York Times, "Homeless Man Arrested in Subway Stabbings That Left 2 Dead, 2 Wounded," 14 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of bandanna

1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bandanna

Hindi bāṅdhnū & Urdu bāndhnū tie-dyeing, cloth so dyed, ultimately from Sanskrit badhnāti he ties — more at bind

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The first known use of bandanna was in 1741

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4 May 2021

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“Bandanna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bandanna

: a square piece of cloth that is used as a head covering or worn around the neck


variants: or bandana \ ban-​ˈda-​nə \

Kids Definition of bandanna

: a large handkerchief usually with a colorful design printed on it

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