[kur-chif, -cheef]
a woman's square scarf worn as a covering for the head or sometimes the shoulders.

1250–1300; Middle English kerchef, syncopated variant of keverchef < Old French cuevrechef literally, (it) covers (the) head. See cover, chief

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World English Dictionary
kerchief (ˈkɜːtʃɪf)
a piece of cloth worn tied over the head or around the neck
[C13: from Old French cuevrechef, from covrir to cover + chef head; see chief]

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Word Origin & History

1223, from Anglo-Fr. courchief, from O.Fr. couvrechief, lit. "cover head," from couvrir "to cover" + chief "head."
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Bible Dictionary

Kerchief definition

mentioned only Ezek. 13:18, 21, as an article of apparel or ornament applied to the head of the idolatrous women of Israel. The precise meaning of the word is uncertain. It appears to have been a long loose shawl, such as Oriental women wrap themselves in (Ruth 3:15; Isa. 3:22). Some think that it was a long veil or head-dress, denoting by its form the position of those who wore it.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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