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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Similarly, try laying a cool or damp bandanna around your neck. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "How to keep your cool when it feels too hot to cook," 24 July 2018 Some of them were wearing masks or bandannas covering their faces. Fox News, "Odd-man out? President Trump talks trade, tariffs at the G7 summit," 9 June 2018 Police also banned people from wearing masks, scarves or bandannas or anything covering their faces except for religious or medical reasons. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Antifa members in Berkeley smash windows of US Marine Corps recruiting office during protest," 6 Aug. 2018 There will be grilling, Frisbee-throwing and an adorable assortment of dogs wearing an impressive assortment of stars-and-stripes bandannas. Karla Peterson,, "On the Fourth of July, count your San Diego blessings," 2 July 2018 Stash a chic bandanna in your bag—this can be tied around your neck to protect from bug bites or soaked in cold water for relief on a hot day. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Your Ultimate African Safari Guide," 12 Nov. 2018 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

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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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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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