[ kur-chif, -cheef ]
/ ˈkɜr tʃɪf, -tʃif /


a woman's square scarf worn as a covering for the head or sometimes the shoulders.

Origin of kerchief

1250–1300; Middle English kerchef, syncopated variant of keverchef < Old French cuevrechef literally, (it) covers (the) head. See cover, chief

Related forms

ker·chiefed, ker·chieft, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kerchief


/ (ˈkɜːtʃɪf) /


a piece of cloth worn tied over the head or around the neck

Derived Forms

kerchiefed, adjective

Word Origin for kerchief

C13: from Old French cuevrechef, from covrir to cover + chef head; see chief
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