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

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The intruder was described as a black man in his 20s or 30s, 6 feet tall, of medium build, wearing a black shirt, gray shorts or pants and a red bandanna. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police search for possible burglar inside downtown House of Blues," 21 June 2019 The suspect, who was dressed in dark clothing and wore a brightly colored bandanna, fired one shot from what appeared to be a large rifle, according to Daphne Police Department. Christopher Harress |,, "1 shot fired after Baldwin County Waffle House robbed at gunpoint, suspect sought," 12 June 2019 Janet was wearing a bandanna tied over her hair, which was almost the same color as the sky. Mary Grimm, The New Yorker, "Back Then," 17 June 2019 Police said he was reported to be wearing a red bandanna over his head and face and held a crowbar. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Walnut Creek Police Chief: Fatal police shooting ‘unfortunate’," 6 June 2019 Similarly, try laying a cool or damp bandanna around your neck. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "How to keep your cool when it feels too hot to cook," 24 July 2018 Some of them were wearing masks or bandannas covering their faces. Fox News, "Odd-man out? President Trump talks trade, tariffs at the G7 summit," 9 June 2018 Police also banned people from wearing masks, scarves or bandannas or anything covering their faces except for religious or medical reasons. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Antifa members in Berkeley smash windows of US Marine Corps recruiting office during protest," 6 Aug. 2018 There will be grilling, Frisbee-throwing and an adorable assortment of dogs wearing an impressive assortment of stars-and-stripes bandannas. Karla Peterson,, "On the Fourth of July, count your San Diego blessings," 2 July 2018

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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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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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