handkerchief

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noun hand·ker·chief \ˈhaŋ-kər-chəf, -(ˌ)chif, -ˌchēf\

Definition of handkerchief

plural

handkerchiefs

also

handkerchieves

play \ˈhaŋ-kər-chəfs, -(ˌ)chifs, -ˌchēvz, -ˌchēfs, -chəvz, -(ˌ)chivz\
  1. 1 :  a small usually square piece of cloth used for usually personal purposes (such as blowing the nose) or as a clothing accessory

  2. 2 :  kerchief 1

Examples of handkerchief in a Sentence

  1. tied a handkerchief around her head and set about cleaning out the dust-covered attic

  2. usually dries her hands on her handkerchief when there are no towels available

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First Known Use of handkerchief

1530


HANDKERCHIEF Defined for English Language Learners

handkerchief

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noun

Definition of handkerchief for English Language Learners

  • : a small cloth used for wiping your face, nose, or eyes


HANDKERCHIEF Defined for Kids

handkerchief

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noun hand·ker·chief \ˈhaŋ-kər-chəf\

Definition of handkerchief for Students

plural

handkerchiefs

\-chəfs\
  1. :  a small usually square piece of cloth used for wiping the face, nose, or eyes

Headscratcher for handkerchief

The “d” in handkerchief is silent, but you can remember that it's there because you can hold a handkerchief in your hand.



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