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 Masks or cloth face coverings, such as a bandanna or a neck gaiter, can help prevent the transmission of the coronavirus, health officials say. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "Masks will be required on L.A. Metro buses and trains starting Monday," 7 May 2020 Scarves and bandannas: There is so much variation in scarf material, the light test is probably your best bet. Tara Parker-pope, New York Times, "Can You Make a Mask Out of Jeans? Bra Pads? Reusable Grocery Bags?," 21 Apr. 2020 The coverings will be required for everyone older than 2, and homemade face coverings such as scarves and bandannas are acceptable alternatives for masks. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Dallas County to require people to wear masks at essential businesses, on public transportation," 17 Apr. 2020 The health alert follows similar guidance issued Friday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encouraging people to wear rudimentary face coverings, such as bandannas or homemade masks, in public. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska COVID-19 case total rises to 157 as state recommends wearing face coverings in public," 4 Apr. 2020 Starting Thursday, all people in Laredo over the age of 5 will have to wear some kind of covering, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandanna or handkerchief, when entering a building open to the public. USA TODAY, "Ballet for seniors, Dr. Fauci bobblehead, Patriots’ plane ferries N95 masks: News from around our 50 states," 3 Apr. 2020 Initially, many took to the streets with bandannas or surgical masks covering their faces, apparently fearful of being identified., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 11 Nov. 2019 Free bandannas will be distributed to guests as face coverings. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Arizona's Salt River Tubing experience reopens soon. Here's what to expect," 13 May 2020 For the most part they were unmasked but seated safely away from one another, although Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, made sure to cover up with his hard-to-miss multicolored bandanna making him look like a latter-day Wild West outlaw. Peter Baker, New York Times, "A Spaniel, a Mute Button and Profound Matters of State," 12 May 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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31 May 2020

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“Bandanna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 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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