or ban·dan·a



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

Related Words for bandanna

handkerchief, kerchief, silk, neckerchief

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Contemporary Examples of bandanna

Historical Examples of bandanna

  • Drawing a bandanna handkerchief from a pocket he swiftly gagged the justice.

    The Coyote

    James Roberts

  • Charley wiped her face vigorously with her bandanna and nodded.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • 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.

    The Flaming Jewel

    Robert W. Chambers

  • Suddenly Salzar tore the bandanna from his face, flung it down and stamped on it.

    The Flaming Jewel

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for bandanna




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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