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 Free bandannas will be distributed to guests as face coverings. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Arizona's Salt River Tubing experience reopens soon. Here's what to expect," 13 May 2020 For the most part they were unmasked but seated safely away from one another, although Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, made sure to cover up with his hard-to-miss multicolored bandanna making him look like a latter-day Wild West outlaw. Peter Baker, New York Times, "A Spaniel, a Mute Button and Profound Matters of State," 12 May 2020 Many in the facility wear bandannas across their noses and mouths. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meet the Wisconsin grocery warehouse workers who've shipped 162 million pounds of food during coronavirus panic-buying," 4 Apr. 2020 Some look like kids playing cowboy or bandit with a bandanna draped over their faces and tied behind their head. Michael Cabanatuan,, "‘I like it’: Bay Area residents largely comply with new coronavirus mask orders," 23 Apr. 2020 Then, go ahead and wear that bandanna or scarf mask on your next grocery run — just make sure it is properly assembled using one of the options ahead. Eliza Huber,, "Where To Buy The Most Effective DIY Face Mask Filters," 6 Apr. 2020 And unlike, say, rushing a drug to the public without adequate testing, there is no harm in wearing a bandanna or a homemade cloth mask, which takes nothing away from anyone. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "The Coronavirus Case for Everyone to Start Wearing Masks or Bandannas," 2 Apr. 2020 Hospitals and medical professionals are facing a shortage of N95 masks, and the CDC has recommended that medical professionals substitute bandannas or scarves as a last resort. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Biden staff wearing masks and gloves around him," 20 Mar. 2020 Surgeon General Jerome Adams said cloth masks can be made at home using towels, t-shirts and cloth bandannas, or they can be purchased online. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "How to wear and wash your cloth mask," 14 Apr. 2020

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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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17 May 2020

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“Bandanna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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