- 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
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Examples from the Web for bandanna
Furry puts the bandanna in his pocket and moves on, walking behind the cart.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
Some reviewers gave her flak for relying a bit too heavily on her cue cards in this one, but at least she rocked the bandanna.Lindsay Lohan on ‘Saturday Night Live’ Videos: How’d She Do?
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March 4, 2012
Drawing a bandanna handkerchief from a pocket he swiftly gagged the justice.The Coyote
Charley wiped her face vigorously with her bandanna and nodded.The Forbidden Trail
A bandanna handkerchief was wrapped about his head, concealing his hair and ears.The Cross-Cut
Courtney Ryley Cooper
Blommers had made a tourniquet for Jimmy out of a bandanna and a peeled stick.
Suddenly Salzar tore the bandanna from his face, flung it down and stamped on it.
- a large silk or cotton handkerchief or neckerchief
C18: from Hindi bāndhnū tie-dyeing, from bāndhnā to tie, from Sanskrit bandhnāti he ties
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