[nek-er-chif, -cheef]


a cloth or scarf worn round the neck.

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for neckerchief



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."

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