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[nek-er-chif, -cheef] /ˈnɛk ər tʃɪf, -ˌtʃif/
a cloth or scarf worn round the neck.
Origin of neckerchief
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at neck, kerchief Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Be ready to tie your neckerchief over your nose, soon as we strike the alkali.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • Davis descended meekly, gave him his neckerchief, and was bound as were the others.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • She read the letter, and putting it into her neckerchief, desired him to follow her.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • She carried a parcel under her arm, done up carefully in her neckerchief.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • His wife, with a neckerchief tied round her head, was suckling a baby.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
  • Had Ferrar his neckerchief on when you met him soon after this?

  • She shed tears and dried her eyes with the end of her neckerchief.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • He then took off his neckerchief and fastened it round his waist, as tight as he could draw.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • The Major wiped his eyes on the end of the neckerchief as he tied it about his throat.

    The Battle Ground Ellen Glasgow
  • There was small need for the Bo's'n to array himself in a neckerchief.

    Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
British Dictionary definitions for neckerchief


/ˈnɛkətʃɪf; -ˌtʃiːf/
a piece of ornamental cloth, often square, worn around the neck
Word Origin
C14: from neck + kerchief
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for neckerchief

"scarf for the neck," late 14c., from neck (n.) + kerchief, which is, etymologically "a covering for the head."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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