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
Recent Examples on the Web Wolff has been a champion of face coverings from the early days of the pandemic, sporting a new bandanna at nearly every city-county coronavirus briefing. Scott Huddleston,, "Irate customer erupts, gets into confrontation with county judge over mask rule at San Antonio store," 24 June 2020 Quaker Oats bought the brand in 1926, and in 1989 swapped her red bandanna for pearls and soft curls. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Reports: Aunt Jemima brand is changing its name and removing the namesake Black character," 18 June 2020 Angelica Santillan emerged from a white Lexus sedan with an Oakland Raiders bandanna tied across her face. Rachel Swan,, "Bay Area public schools struggling to respond to next big health crisis: hungry kids," 14 June 2020 Police released a photo of Bartels in a black bandanna and black hooded sweatshirt. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Pittsburgh police search for man accused of inciting a riot during George Floyd protest," 2 June 2020 Dressed in a bandanna around his face, Slavin began coughing and felt gas stinging his eyes. Anchorage Daily News, "Attorney general personally ordered removal of peaceful protesters near White House," 2 June 2020 Live video during a Saturday news report on KOMO-TV, an ABC-affiliate, showed a man wearing a hoodie with the hood up and a bandanna over his face while holding what appeared to be an AR-15 next to a vehicle with broken windows. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Private security guard disarms man who took rifle from police vehicle at Seattle protest," 30 May 2020 Nearby, two weary hikers, one wearing a face mask and the other with a bandanna pulled down around his neck, stumbled off the trail with a pair of dogs who seemed especially excited the park had reopened. Los Angeles Times, "More Southern California beaches and trails reopened as coronavirus restrictions eased," 9 May 2020 The Manhattan nurse, speaking through tears, raised worries about new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that said health-care workers should use a bandanna if masks aren’t available. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "Coronavirus Cases Strain New York City Hospitals: ‘We’re Getting Pounded’," 20 Mar. 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bandanna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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