kerchief

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noun ker·chief \ˈkər-chəf, -ˌchēf\

Definition of kerchief

plural

kerchiefs

play \-chəfs, -ˌchēfs\ also

kerchieves

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

  2. 2 :  handkerchief 1

kerchiefed

play \-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>

Origin and Etymology of kerchief

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


First Known Use: 13th century


KERCHIEF Defined for English Language Learners

kerchief

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noun ker·chief \ˈkər-chəf, -ˌchēf\

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

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noun ker·chief \ˈkər-chəf\

Definition of kerchief for Students

plural

kerchiefs

  1. :  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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