kerchief

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

noun

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

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Origin of kerchief

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

OTHER WORDS FROM kerchief

kerchiefed, kerchieft, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kerchief

kerchief
/ (ˈkɜːtʃɪf) /

noun

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

Derived forms of kerchief

kerchiefed, adjective

Word Origin for kerchief

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