neck·​er·​chief | \ ˈne-kər-chəf How to pronounce neckerchief (audio) , -(ˌ)chif, -ˌchēf \
plural neckerchiefs also neckerchieves\ see  handkerchief plural How to pronounce neckerchieves (audio) \

Definition of neckerchief

: a kerchief for the neck

Examples of neckerchief in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Softly was a vivid dresser and was tonight arrayed in a baronial waistcoat with fobbed pocket watch, cornflower neckerchief, and champagne bomber jacket of distressed leather. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 The men accessorized with a red beaded and sequin brooch, a neckerchief tied smartly around the neck and aviator sunglasses. Washington Post, "Fendi, Armani close Milan Fashion Week in fresh venues," 17 June 2019 Some of these were paired with bib-style neckpieces, the jewelry equivalent of a neckerchief. Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Jewelry Trends of the Fall 2019 Season," 15 Mar. 2019 Firefighters and city officials Monday morning distributed bright red cloth visors, hand fans and blue-colored cooling neckerchiefs to downtown Phoenix commuters, advising them to stay inside as much as possible. Anita Snow, The Seattle Times, "US Southwest sizzles as temperatures near 120 degrees," 23 July 2018 And while Jagger accessorized with a natty neckerchief, leave it to Styles to upgrade the look with paparazzi-proof shades. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Harry Styles Moves (and Dresses) Like Jagger at the Airport," 9 Oct. 2018 Loos wore a red neckerchief and a leather vest over a button-down shirt tucked into jeans that fit snugly over riding boots. Jennifer Percy, New York Times, "Fear of the Federal Government in the Ranchlands of Oregon," 18 Jan. 2018 Crushed velvet upholstery prints in deep hues of golden, purple and red were cut into wild mid-length coats worn over a silken print shirt and a neckerchief. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "Versace goes punk wild with homey looks," 13 Jan. 2018 Like off-white track pants and your grandma's neckerchief. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "The 10 Best-Dressed Men of the Week," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of neckerchief

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neckerchief

Middle English nekkerchef, from nekke + kerchef kerchief

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The first known use of neckerchief was in the 14th century

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“Neckerchief.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of neckerchief

: a square piece of cloth that is worn folded around your neck


neck·​er·​chief | \ ˈne-kər-chəf How to pronounce neckerchief (audio) \
plural neckerchiefs\ -​chifs , -​ˌchēvz \

Kids Definition of neckerchief

: a square of cloth worn folded around the neck like a scarf

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