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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He was found with a black gun, a hunting knife, a mask and a red bandanna. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "This 7-Eleven has been robbed six times in four months. But residents see hope in neighborhood revitalization efforts.," 4 May 2018 An Acme news-service photographer had snapped a picture of her in 1942, leaning over a lathe in Alameda while wearing her signature bandanna. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Naomi Parker Fraley, wartime machinist linked to Rosie the Riveter, dies at 96," 23 Jan. 2018 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

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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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