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bandanna

[ban-dan-uh] /bænˈdæn ə/
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
1745-1755
1745-55; earlier bandanno (second syllable unstressed) < Hindi bā̃dhnū tie dyeing
Related forms
bandannaed
[ban-dan-uh d] /bænˈdæn əd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for bandana
  • 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.
  • Avoid gardening on windy, dusty days, or cover face with a dust mask or bandana.
British Dictionary definitions for bandana

bandanna

/bænˈdænə/
noun
1.
a large silk or cotton handkerchief or neckerchief
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi bāndhnū tie-dyeing, from bāndhnā to tie, from Sanskrit bandhnāti he ties
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Word Origin and History for bandana
n.

also often bandanna, 1752, from Hindi bandhnu, a method of dyeing, from Sanskrit badhnati "binds" (because the cloth is tied like modern tie-dye), from same PIE root as band (n.1). Etymologically, the colors and spots are what makes it a bandana.

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