a strip of cloth or other material used to bind up a wound, sore, sprain, etc.
anything used as a band or ligature.

verb (used with object), band·aged, band·ag·ing.

to bind or cover with a bandage: to bandage the ankles of a football player to prevent sprains.

verb (used without object), band·aged, band·ag·ing.

to put a bandage on a wound, sprain, etc.: Apply some iodine before you bandage.

Origin of bandage

From Middle French, dating back to 1590–1600; see origin at band2, -age
Related formsband·ag·er, nounre·band·age, verb (used with object), re·band·aged, re·band·ag·ing.un·band·age, verb (used with object), un·band·aged, un·band·ag·ing.well-band·aged, adjective

Synonyms for bandage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bandage

plaster, dressing, gauze, truss, swathe, cast, compress, wrap, bind, dress

Examples from the Web for bandage

Contemporary Examples of bandage

Historical Examples of bandage

  • First, I got a bandage on my wound, to stop the bleeding, and then I had an opportunity to look about me.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Evelyn slipped the bandage, and her eyes rested on Maltravers!

  • Be soothed, my son; I meant not to tear the bandage from thy wounds.

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • She would then proceed to bandage it to the best of her ability.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

  • Capen bent over him and gently moved the bandage on his face.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for bandage



a piece of material used to dress a wound, bind a broken limb, etc
a strip of any soft material used for binding, etc


to cover or bind with a bandage

Word Origin for bandage

C16: from French, from band strip, band ²
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Word Origin and History for bandage

1590s, from Middle French bandage (16c.), from Old French bander "to bind," from bande "a strip" (see band (n.1)).


1774, from bandage (n.). Related: Bandaged; bandaging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bandage in Medicine




A strip of material such as gauze used to protect, immobilize, compress, or support a wound or injured body part.


To apply a bandage to.
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