kerchief

noun
ker·​chief | \ ˈkər-chəf How to pronounce kerchief (audio) , -ˌchēf \
plural kerchiefs\ ˈkər-​chəfs How to pronounce kerchief (audio) , -​ˌchēfs \ also kerchieves\ ˈkər-​ˌchēvz How to pronounce kerchief (audio) \

Definition of kerchief

1 : a square of cloth used as a head covering or worn as a scarf around the neck

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Other Words from kerchief

kerchiefed \ ˈkər-​chəft How to pronounce kerchief (audio) , -​ˌchēft \ adjective

Examples of kerchief in a Sentence

tied the kerchief around her head to keep her hair out of her face dabbed the sweat on his brow with a kerchief
Recent Examples on the Web Rihanna wore a long brown leather coat and orange kerchief for their meeting, while Rocky wore a black textured bomber jacket, black jeans, and a trucker hat. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 July 2021 Maybe your Fair Isle sweater will be topped off with ski goggles and a colorful hair kerchief? Steff Yotka, Vogue, 19 Mar. 2021 Oh, and Ziggy's neck kerchief matches Foster's outfit! Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 1 Mar. 2021 Perhaps seeing Jodie Foster accept the award in her pajamas with her wife (also wearing pajamas) and dog (a pajama material kerchief) made for peak pandemic viewing. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2021 The singer appeared with a kerchief slung around his neck and folks clustering around him with little room to spare. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 5 Dec. 2020 The singer appeared with a kerchief slung around his neck and folks clustering around him with little room to spare. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 5 Dec. 2020 The singer appeared with a kerchief slung around his neck and folks clustering around him with little room to spare. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 5 Dec. 2020 The singer appeared with a kerchief slung around his neck and folks clustering around him with little room to spare. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of kerchief

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kerchief

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

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The first known use of kerchief was in the 13th century

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15 Jul 2021

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“Kerchief.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kerchief. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for kerchief

kerchief

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kerchief

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

kerchief

noun
ker·​chief | \ ˈkər-chəf How to pronounce kerchief (audio) \
plural kerchiefs

Kids Definition of kerchief

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

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