or ban·dan·a

[ 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

Related forms

ban·dan·naed [ban-dan-uh d] /bænˈdæn əd/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bandana



/ (bænˈdænə) /


a large silk or cotton handkerchief or neckerchief

Word Origin for bandanna

C18: from Hindi bāndhnū tie-dyeing, from bāndhnā to tie, from Sanskrit bandhnāti he ties
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