head·​scarf | \ ˈhed-ˌskärf How to pronounce headscarf (audio) \
plural headscarves\ ˈhed-​ˌskärvz How to pronounce headscarves (audio) \ or less commonly headscarfs

Definition of headscarf

: a fabric covering for the head worn especially by women … young, well-educated European Muslim women who wear the headscarf as a conscious, articulate choice …— Timothy Garton Ash The stereotypical fortuneteller, a wizened old woman in a fringed headscarf hunched over a crystal ball …— Louise Erdich The US Justice Department, for example, has supported the right of Muslim girls to wear headscarves in public schools.— Robert O. Paxton

First Known Use of headscarf

1688, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of headscarf was in 1688

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27 Apr 2020

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“Headscarf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headscarf. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of headscarf

: a piece of cloth worn over a woman's or girl's head

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