or ban·dan·a

[ ban-dan-uh ]
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  1. a large, printed handkerchief, typically one with white spots or figures on a red or blue background.

  2. any large scarf for the neck or head.

Origin of bandanna

1745–55; earlier bandanno (second syllable unstressed) <Hindi bā̃dhnū tie dyeing

Other words from bandanna

  • ban·dan·naed [ban-dan-uhd], /bænˈdæn əd/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bandanna in a sentence

  • He jolted to a halt, cut the engine and wiped a red bandana over his wrinkled, sweating face.

    Restricted Tool | Malcolm B. Morehart
  • The maid in her red bandana head-gear was delighted, having, like her race, great pleasure in bright colors.

    The Red City | S. Weir Mitchell
  • Bones wiped his streaming brow with a large and violent bandana, and looked round cautiously.

  • Aunt Kizzie, in her new linsey-woolsey and shining bandana as a turban, started off in great glee for the Court House.

    Hubert's Wife | Minnie Mary Lee
  • With these words he threw his bandana handkerchief over his head, adding, “He hoped now he had a ‘right’ to a bit of sleep.”

    I, Thou, and the Other One | Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

British Dictionary definitions for bandanna



/ (bænˈdænə) /

  1. a large silk or cotton handkerchief or neckerchief

Origin of bandanna

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

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