ban·​dan·​na ban-ˈda-nə How to pronounce bandanna (audio)
variants or bandana
: a large often colorfully patterned handkerchief

Examples of bandanna in a Sentence

she uses her colorful print bandanna to keep the hair out of her eyes
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bandanna was in 1741

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Cite this Entry

“Bandanna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants or bandana
: a large handkerchief usually with a colorful design printed on it

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