[ nek-er-chif, -cheef ]
See synonyms for neckerchief on
  1. a cloth or scarf worn round the neck.

Origin of neckerchief

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at neck, kerchief

Words Nearby neckerchief Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use neckerchief in a sentence

  • Varsity jackets, flat-brimmed hats, and neckerchiefs stamped with the phrase “cheddar weather” are the height of the form.

    It’s Cheddar Weather Somewhere | Dayna Evans | September 22, 2021 | Eater
  • But Digby and others turned him round, unloosed his neckerchief, and threw water in his face, in the hopes of reviving him.

    Digby Heathcote | W.H.G. Kingston
  • His dog was howling, his head was aching fearfully—somebody was pulling him about, hands were loosening his neckerchief.

  • He wore no neckerchief, as he had been playing rackets all day, and his open shirt collar displayed their full luxuriance.

    The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
  • He was usually muffled in an enormous silk neckerchief, and right up to the hot summer a huge fire burned in the open grate.

    Sons and Lovers | David Herbert Lawrence
  • And then she saw a soiled blue neckerchief twisted and curled in the knot, and she examined it with wide eyes.

    The Range Boss | Charles Alden Seltzer

British Dictionary definitions for neckerchief


/ (ˈnɛkətʃɪf, -ˌtʃiːf) /

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

Origin of neckerchief

C14: from neck + kerchief

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