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[ban-dan-uh] /bænˈdæn ə/
a large, printed handkerchief, typically one with white spots or figures on a red or blue background.
any large scarf for the neck or head.
Origin of bandanna
1745-55; earlier bandanno (second syllable unstressed) < Hindi bā̃dhnū tie dyeing
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[ban-dan-uh d] /bænˈdæn əd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • Drawing a bandanna handkerchief from a pocket he swiftly gagged the justice.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • Charley wiped her face vigorously with her bandanna and nodded.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • A bandanna handkerchief was wrapped about his head, concealing his hair and ears.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • Blommers had made a tourniquet for Jimmy out of a bandanna and a peeled stick.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • Suddenly Salzar tore the bandanna from his face, flung it down and stamped on it.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • Bob loosened the bandanna from his throat and with it covered the face of the outlaw.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • He filled the bottle and soaked the bandanna in the cold water.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • The Captain lifted his hat and wiped with the bandanna his red forehead.

    Captain Mugford W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for bandanna


a large silk or cotton handkerchief or neckerchief
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi bāndhnū tie-dyeing, from bāndhnā to tie, from Sanskrit bandhnāti he ties
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