Definition of bandana in English:


Line breaks: ban|dana
Pronunciation: /banˈdanə
(also bandanna)


  • A large coloured handkerchief, typically with white spots, worn tied around the head or neck.
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    • 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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