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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.
Also, bandana.
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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Examples from the web for bandanna
  • All the legal water in the world isn't enough to wash a bandanna if there's no physical water available.
  • Tonight you will not see his familiar blue-and-white bandanna, you will not hear the boom-and-heave of his voice.
  • It takes no more time to put on a jacket and tie than it does a sweatshirt and bandanna.
  • It was an old bandanna handkerchief, heavy and knotted.
  • When he came in for his egg he wiped the sweat from his brow with a ragged blue bandanna.
  • She arrived in a wheelchair, unable to walk from metastatic fractures, wearing a stylish bandanna.
  • The cow has a red and white checkered bandanna tied around its neck.
  • The suspect was also wearing a blue colored bandanna that was partially covering his face.
  • Tie a red bandanna to your automobile antenna as a signal for help.
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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