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[ban-doh, ban-doh] /bænˈdoʊ, ˈbæn doʊ/
noun, plural bandeaux
[ban-dohz, ban-dohz] /bænˈdoʊz, ˈbæn doʊz/ (Show IPA)
a headband, especially one worn about the forehead.
a narrow brassiere.
Origin of bandeau
1700-10; < French; Old French bandel, equivalent to bande band2 + -el < Latin -illus diminutive suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bandeau
Historical Examples
  • They become bendellus and bendellum; then bandeau and bande.

    The Eagle's Nest

    John Ruskin
  • Her head is uncovered, and merely encircled with a bandeau of black velvet.

    Austria Frederick Shoberl
  • But I wouldn't wear a bandeau on my hair if I were you, Pauline.

    The Revolt Ellis Parker Butler
  • A turban or bandeau is of the greatest importance in their estimation.

  • The bandeau inclosing the head glittered resplendent with amethysts.

    Josephine John S. C. Abbott
  • Her tulle veil was held by a bandeau of lilies of the valley.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • Secretary bandeau jerked his head around to look at the President.

    Fifty Per Cent Prophet Gordon Randall Garrett
  • A snood, or bandeau of riband or worsted tape, was the only head-dress for maidens.


    Mary Brunton
  • They have a kind of band, like the bandeau of widows, above the beak, which is of a tan colour.

  • You should have large, white pearls around your neck, and your hair hanging down and a bandeau of pearls to bind it.

    Little Golden's Daughter

    Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
British Dictionary definitions for bandeau


noun (pl) -deaux (-dəʊz)
a narrow band of ribbon, velvet, etc, worn round the head
a bikini top in the form of narrow band of material
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French bandel a little band²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bandeau

1706, from French bandeau, from Old French bandel (12c.), diminutive of bande "band" (see band (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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