- 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
Examples from the Web for bandana
Contemporary Examples of bandana
His face was partially obscured by a bandana and a baseball cap, from beneath which his long ponytail hung limply.Rand Paul’s Fans Hate His ISIS Plan
September 19, 2014
Well, he does a reggae rap while wearing a bandana on his head.It’s Been 20 Years Since Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Gosling Joined the Mickey Mouse Club
November 15, 2013
He makes frequent appearances on television, usually wearing aviator shades and a bandana to disguise his identity.The Way to Understand Kim Jong-il Was Through His Stomach
December 19, 2011
Historical Examples of bandana
A bandana was tied across his eyes, and the men led him into the pocket of rock.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
He wiped away with the bandana, thinking that thus he concealed his emotions.Terry
Charles Goff Thomson
His rough hair was braided into a queue and tied back with a bandana.Strange Stories of the Great River
Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
He, too, was very pale, and every now and then he wiped his face with a bandana handkerchief.Within the Capes
While it was forthcoming he toyed furtively with his bandana.Atlantic Classics
- a large silk or cotton handkerchief or neckerchief
Word Origin for bandanna
also often bandanna, 1752, from Hindi bandhnu, a method of dyeing, from Sanskrit badhnati "binds" (because the cloth is tied like modern tie-dye), from same PIE root as band (n.1). Etymologically, the colors and spots are what makes it a bandana.