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 The packages include a 2021 Pawtoberfest bandanna, 20-ounce logo beer mug, a voucher for one free beer, tasty treats for your pup and $1 off all beer refills. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2021 Once in the shade and drinking water, wet a towel or bandanna and place it on your neck, forehead and underarms. Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus, CNN, 9 July 2021 There’s a Mylar blanket, a rain poncho, a bandanna and decent utility gloves, as well as a first-aid kit, duct tape, batteries, rinse-free hand wash, trash bags and tissue. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 Perez hung back behind her, silent beneath his bandanna and white mustache. Dallas News, 1 Apr. 2021 Chile’s modern-day protest heroes follow in the footsteps of Negro Matapacos, a street dog wearing a red bandanna who electrified protesters almost a decade ago. Vinodh Venkatesh, The Conversation, 12 July 2021 Police described the suspect as a man wearing a black shirt, black jeans and a black bandanna. Henri Hollis, ajc, 14 June 2021 Perez hung back behind her, silent beneath his bandanna and white mustache. Dallas News, 1 Apr. 2021 During the vast majority of live updates, which were televised at 6:13 p.m. and on the city's Facebook page, Wolff sported a bandanna around his neck, mouth and nose as a substitute for the standard mask. Teresa Velasco, San Antonio Express-News, 3 June 2021

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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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“Bandanna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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