- a headband, especially one worn about the forehead.
- a narrow brassiere.
Origin of bandeau
1700–10; < French; Old French bandel, equivalent to bande band2 + -el < Latin -illus diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for bandeau
They become bendellus and bendellum; then bandeau and bande.The Eagle's Nest
Her head is uncovered, and merely encircled with a bandeau of black velvet.Austria
But I wouldn't wear a bandeau on my hair if I were you, Pauline.The Revolt
Ellis Parker Butler
A turban or bandeau is of the greatest importance in their estimation.Fenelon's Treatise on the Education of Daughters
The bandeau inclosing the head glittered resplendent with amethysts.Josephine
John S. C. Abbott
- a narrow band of ribbon, velvet, etc, worn round the head
- a bikini top in the form of narrow band of material
C18: from French, from Old French bandel a little band ²
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Word Origin and History for bandeau
1706, from French bandeau, from Old French bandel (12c.), diminutive of bande "band" (see band (n.1)).
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