ban·dan·na | \ ban-ˈda-nə \
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 man is described as about 6 feet tall, skinny, wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans and a red bandanna over his face. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman bartender drives off 'armed' robber in West Allis," 7 Feb. 2018 Ramirez’s 11-year-old daughter, Alexa, wore a red and white bandanna, red shirt and bedazzled American flag shorts. Phillip Molnar,, "These people got to the Big Bay Boom really early," 4 July 2018 Old friends Wearing a bandanna at his neck, blue jeans, a Western shirt and cosmic jacket decorated with planets and a Space Shuttle, Fogerty treated his audience to 13 Creedence Clearwater Revival songs. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "5 ways John Fogerty keeps it timeless in Indianapolis," 14 June 2018 For several hours, groups wearing bandannas and hoods ran through the streets, smashing store windows and setting fire to various buildings, including a medical center and a library, radio station Europe 1 reported. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Protests erupt in French city after a 22-year-old was stopped by police — then shot and killed," 4 July 2018 Rowe also gave the group a $5,000 gift certificate to STIHL to buy chains and hundreds of bandannas and leather gloves. Karina Bland, azcentral, "New statue to honor Granite Mountain Hotshots 5 years after Yarnell Hill Fire," 20 Apr. 2018 Later in the footage, Ulis can be seen throwing punches at his attackers before Booker, wearing a bandanna over his face, and two other men arrive on the scene. azcentral, "Video: Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis involved in elevator fight in 2017," 13 July 2018 Illustration: Uli Knörzer Susie Lau Writer GO-TO GIFT Aden + Anais’s bandanna bibs ($10, Lauren Ingram, WSJ, "6 Great Go-To Baby Gifts (and 6 to Avoid)," 12 July 2018 The cooks in the open kitchen knot bandannas around their foreheads in the style made famous by Menashe at his nearby restaurant Bestia. Jonathan Gold,, "At Middle Eastern restaurants, it all starts with hummus. Jonathan Gold says Bavel's is magnificent," 15 June 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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The first known use of bandanna was in 1741

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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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