ban·​deau | \ ban-ˈdō How to pronounce bandeau (audio) \
plural bandeaux also bandeaus\ ban-​ˈdōz How to pronounce bandeaus (audio) \

Definition of bandeau

1 : a fillet or band especially for the hair
2 : brassiere also : a band-shaped covering for the breasts

Examples of bandeau in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Ironically trading her white on-screen gown for a black bandeau bathing suit top and sleek matching shades, the 37-year-old star took to Instagram to share a new sunbathing snap while lying on a pink lounge chair. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Star Vanessa Ray Posted a Stunning Bikini Pic During the Show's Hiatus," 8 June 2019 The same cannot be said for tops: With so many different cuts—triangle, bandeau, halter, underwire, tankini—achieving the perfect fit requires a little more experimentation, trial and error, and even some expert advice. Glamour, "The Best Swimsuits for Small Busts," 24 May 2019 Kylie Jenner wore a gold sparkly bandeau and floor-length skirt to Kourtney Kardashian's 40th birthday party last night. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Wears a Sexy Gold Two-Piece Look to Kourtney Kardashian's Birthday," 19 Apr. 2019 The Queen ultimately loaned Meghan a diamond bandeau tiara, that was made in England in 1932. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Helped Meghan Markle Choose Her Wedding Tiara with the Queen," 26 Oct. 2018 So what made Queen Mary's 1932 diamond bandeau tiara the one for Meghan? Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Reveals How She Chose Her 'Perfect' Wedding Tiara," 26 Oct. 2018 The bandeau was originally made in 1932 for the Queen's grandmother, and the brooch dates back to 1893. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Why Meghan Markle's Second Wedding Dress Won't Be On Display for the Public," 30 Aug. 2018 She was recently spotted getting some sun in a navy bandeau bikini featuring a cut-out top and bottoms accented with rope ties. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Amelia Windsor Hit the Beach in Ibiza and Showed Us How Royals Do Bikinis," 2 Aug. 2018 The brand’s five pieces include a white pair of jeans, a white button down, a white T-shirt, a white tank top, and a white bandeau. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "This New Brand Has Mastered Western Style," 13 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bandeau.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of bandeau

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bandeau

French, diminutive of bande

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bandeau

Statistics for bandeau

Last Updated

18 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bandeau

The first known use of bandeau was in 1706

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on bandeau

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bandeau

Comments on bandeau

What made you want to look up bandeau? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to take the place or position of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!