bandeau

bandeau

[ban-doh, ban-doh]
noun, plural bandeaux [ban-dohz, ban-dohz] .
1.
a headband, especially one worn about the forehead.
2.
a narrow brassiere.

Origin:
1700–10; < French; Old French bandel, equivalent to bande band2 + -el < Latin -illus diminutive suffix

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bandeau (ˈbændəʊ)
 
n , pl -deaux
1.  a narrow band of ribbon, velvet, etc, worn round the head
2.  a bikini top in the form of narrow band of material
 
[C18: from French, from Old French bandel a little band²]

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bandeau
1706, from Fr. bandeau, from O.Fr. bandel (12c.), dim. of bande "band" (see band (1)).
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