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bandeau

[ban-doh, ban-doh] /bænˈdoʊ, ˈbæn doʊ/
noun, plural bandeaux
[ban-dohz, ban-dohz] /bænˈdoʊz, ˈbæn doʊz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a headband, especially one worn about the forehead.
2.
a narrow brassiere.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < French; Old French bandel, equivalent to bande band2 + -el < Latin -illus diminutive suffix
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bandeau

/ˈbændəʊ/
noun (pl) -deaux (-dəʊz)
1.
a narrow band of ribbon, velvet, etc, worn round the head
2.
a bikini top in the form of narrow band of material
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French bandel a little band²
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Word Origin and History for bandeaux

bandeau

n.

1706, from French bandeau, from Old French bandel (12c.), diminutive of bande "band" (see band (n.1)).

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