bandanna

[ban-dan-uh]
noun
1.
a large, printed handkerchief, typically one with white spots or figures on a red or blue background.
2.
any large scarf for the neck or head.
Also, bandana.


Origin:
1745–55; earlier bandanno (second syllable unstressed) < Hindi bā̃dhnū tie dyeing

bandannaed [ban-dan-uhd] , adjective
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bandanna or bandana (bænˈdænə)
 
n
a large silk or cotton handkerchief or neckerchief
 
[C18: from Hindi bāndhnū tie-dyeing, from bāndhnā to tie, from Sanskrit bandhnāti he ties]
 
bandana or bandana
 
n
 
[C18: from Hindi bāndhnū tie-dyeing, from bāndhnā to tie, from Sanskrit bandhnāti he ties]

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bandana
1752, also often bandanna, from Hindi bandhnu a method of dyeing, from Skt. badhnati "binds" (because the cloth is tied like modern tie-dye), from same PIE root as band (1). The colors and spots are what makes it a bandana.
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Example sentences
He was armed with a handgun and had a mask or bandana covering his face.
He wore a blue jacket, blue jeans and a blue bandana over his face.
The suspect was wearing gloves and had a bandana concealing his face.
He was wearing a blue bandana over his face and carrying a handgun.
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