[ban-doh, ban-doh]

noun, plural ban·deaux [ban-dohz, ban-dohz] /bænˈdoʊz, ˈbæn doʊz/.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bandeau

Historical Examples of bandeau

  • They become bendellus and bendellum; then bandeau and bande.

    The Eagle's Nest

    John Ruskin

  • Her head is uncovered, and merely encircled with a bandeau of black velvet.


    Frederick Shoberl

  • 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.

  • The bandeau inclosing the head glittered resplendent with amethysts.


    John S. C. Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for bandeau


noun plural -deaux (-dəʊz)

a narrow band of ribbon, velvet, etc, worn round the head
a bikini top in the form of narrow band of material

Word Origin for bandeau

C18: from French, from Old French bandel a little band ²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bandeau

1706, from French bandeau, from Old French bandel (12c.), diminutive of bande "band" (see band (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper