[ hang-ker-chif, -cheef ]
/ ˈhæŋ kər tʃɪf, -ˌtʃif /


a small piece of linen, silk, or other fabric, usually square, and used especially for wiping one's nose, eyes, face, etc., or for decorative purposes.
a neckerchief or kerchief.

Origin of handkerchief

First recorded in 1520–30; hand + kerchief
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British Dictionary definitions for handkerchief

/ (ˈhæŋkətʃɪf, -tʃiːf) /


a small square of soft absorbent material, such as linen, silk, or soft paper, carried and used to wipe the nose, etc
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