neck·​er·​chief | \ ˈne-kər-chəf How to pronounce neckerchief (audio) , -(ˌ)chif, -ˌchēf \
plural neckerchiefs also neckerchieves\ ˈne-​kər-​chəfs How to pronounce neckerchief (audio) , -​(ˌ)chifs , -​ˌchēvz , -​ˌchēfs , -​chəvz , -​(ˌ)chivz \

Definition of neckerchief

: a kerchief for the neck

Examples of neckerchief in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The North Platte Telegraph reported Tolstedt received her Eagle rank pin and neckerchief during a short ceremony in the St. Patrick’s school gymnasium on Nov. 21. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 Dec. 2021 Clark wore a pair of brown boots, shorts and a suit top along with a neckerchief and a loose, mostly unbuttoned blouse. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 19 Oct. 2021 To achieve entry-level Ralph, add a bit of flair to an otherwise staid outfit with a suede shirt or a neckerchief from Ginew. Daniel Penny, WSJ, 23 June 2021 SpongeBob gets to wear a new Boy Scout-esque neckerchief. Omar Sanchez,, 4 Mar. 2021 The simplest way to embrace the silk-scarf trend is by tying one around your neck like a bandana or neckerchief. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 5 Oct. 2020 To be safe, carry a face mask with you or wear a neckerchief that can easily function as a mask. oregonlive, 12 June 2020 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, 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, 17 June 2019

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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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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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