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 duo, donning black 120 Strong T-shirts and red bandannas around their necks, will be voting for Beshear, due in no small part to his choice of running mate. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "'We're not backing down': Teachers a screaming force at Fancy Farm, aim ire at Bevin," 3 Aug. 2019 The dog, wearing a collar and a red bandanna, had escaped its owner’s yard nearby. Bob Sandrick,, "Wanted man arrested after tire flies off his car: Brook Park Police Blotter," 19 July 2019 Some of that group’s members on Saturday wore bandannas or carried other clothing or gear with the markings of the Confederate flag. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Heavy police presence as Patriot Prayer group rallies in Portland, Oregon," 5 Aug. 2018 Players can wear backwards caps, bandannas, or no cap at all. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Are home runs saving — or destroying — Major League Baseball?," 9 July 2019 Alvarez had a bandanna over his face and would not identify himself to officers, the department said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "After 2 arrested at Chicano Park, protest erupts outside San Diego jail," 28 June 2019 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

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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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