ban·dan·na | \ban-ˈda-nə \
variants: or bandana

Definition of bandanna 

: a large often colorfully patterned handkerchief

Keep scrolling for more

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

Except that an angel would probably not wear that alarmingly bright Hawaiian-style shirt, let alone that bandanna. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Spencer Pratt and Justin Bieber Took a Photo Together and It Has So Many Layers," 29 June 2018 Two males wearing bandannas over their faces assaulted and robbed a male pedestrian of cash at gunpoint, then fled to a waiting vehicle. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 30 May 2018 Nonswimming pets received a bandanna to dress them up for pictures. Andrea Fernandez-velazquez, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire church’s animal blessing draws pets of all sizes," 21 Apr. 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bandanna.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bandanna

Statistics for bandanna

Last Updated

5 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bandanna

The first known use of bandanna was in 1741

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bandanna



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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on bandanna

What made you want to look up bandanna? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!