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[ban-dan-uh] /bænˈdæn ə/
a large, printed handkerchief, typically one with white spots or figures on a red or blue background.
any large scarf for the neck or head.
Origin of bandanna
1745-55; earlier bandanno (second syllable unstressed) < Hindi bā̃dhnū tie dyeing
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[ban-dan-uh d] /bænˈdæn əd/ (Show IPA),
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  • The resolution formed, he removed his hands from his face, and dried his tears on a bandanna handkerchief.

  • And after a while down the path the red and yellow of Mammy Easter's bandanna was seen.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Nat was called on to exhibit the bandanna handkerchief and did so.

    Dave Porter and the Runaways Edward Stratemeyer
  • Yuma drew a bandanna from his pocket, then paused as he looked again at Penny.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • In the glare of the lighted street car, they saw a rim of red hair peeping under the bandanna when the woman approached.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • Yes, I left my own Josiah behind me, with his bandanna pressed to his eyes.

  • The latter, unconfined by her bandanna handkerchief as she generally wore it, standing off from her head in masses, like snow.

    Aunt Phillis's Cabin Mary H. Eastman
  • In the compartment was something wrapped in a 293 bandanna handkerchief.

    Dave Porter on Cave Island Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for bandanna


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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