[nek-er-chif, -cheef]
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Origin of neckerchief

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at neck, kerchief Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for neckerchief

kerchief, handkerchief, scarf, bandanna

Examples from the Web for neckerchief

Historical Examples of neckerchief

  • Be ready to tie your neckerchief over your nose, soon as we strike the alkali.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • Davis descended meekly, gave him his neckerchief, and was bound as were the others.

    The Wreck of the Titan

    Morgan Robertson

  • She read the letter, and putting it into her neckerchief, desired him to follow her.

    Peter Simple

    Frederick Marryat

  • She carried a parcel under her arm, done up carefully in her neckerchief.


    S. R. Crockett

  • His wife, with a neckerchief tied round her head, was suckling a baby.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet

    Gustave Flaubert

British Dictionary definitions for neckerchief


  1. a piece of ornamental cloth, often square, worn around the neck

Word Origin for neckerchief

C14: from neck + kerchief
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Word Origin and History for neckerchief

"scarf for the neck," late 14c., from neck (n.) + kerchief, which is, etymologically "a covering for the head."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper