kerchief

noun ker·chief \ ˈkər-chəf , -ˌchēf \

Definition of kerchief

plural kerchiefs play \ˈkər-chəfs, -ˌchēfs\ also kerchieves play \ˈkər-ˌchēvz\
1 :a square of cloth used as a head covering or worn as a scarf around the neck

kerchiefed

play \ˈkər-chəft, -ˌchēft\ adjective

Examples of kerchief in a Sentence

  1. tied the kerchief around her head to keep her hair out of her face

  2. dabbed the sweat on his brow with a kerchief

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Origin and Etymology of kerchief

Middle English courchef, from Anglo-French coverchef, cuerchief, from coverir to cover + chef head — more at chief

kerchief Synonyms

Synonyms
babushka, do-rag, handkerchief, bandanna, madras, mantilla
Related Words
shawl; hankie (or hanky)

KERCHIEF Defined for English Language Learners

kerchief

noun

Definition of kerchief for English Language Learners

  • : a square piece of cloth that is worn around your neck or as a covering for your head


KERCHIEF Defined for Kids

kerchief

noun ker·chief \ ˈkər-chəf \

Definition of kerchief for Students

plural kerchiefs
:a square of cloth worn as a head covering or as a scarf

History for kerchief

Look at the history of the word kerchief and you will see that it is a fine word for something that covers the head. The English word comes from an Old French compound made up of two words, cuer, “it covers,” and chef, “head.”



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