Definition of bandana in English:

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Pronunciation: /banˈdanə/
(also bandanna)


A large coloured handkerchief, typically with white spots, worn tied around the head or neck.
Example sentences
  • You can tell the regulars: sinewy local men in white shirts with red bandannas at their throats, some wearing red sashes.
  • For larger sachets, use cotton handkerchiefs or bandanas.
  • Most of those gathered wore white robes and white bandannas marked with quotes from the Koran about the ‘Holy War.’


Mid 18th century: probably via Portuguese from Hindi.

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