Definition of kerchief in English:

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kerchief

Pronunciation: /ˈkəːtʃɪf/

noun

1A piece of fabric used to cover the head.
Example sentences
  • My mom is extremely self-conscious about her hair loss and always wears a bandanna or kerchief to cover her head.
  • From the back, hundreds of women looked like my mother, bent kneeling with bowed heads, kerchiefs or chapel veils covering their heads.
  • Not all Muslim women wear a veil, but among those who do, styles vary wildly, from simple kerchiefs and elaborate head scarves to full face-and-body coverings.
1.1 literary A handkerchief.
Example sentences
  • But his prayers to Saint Veronica, who is credited with giving Jesus a kerchief to wipe his brow on the road to Golgotha, apparently go unanswered.
  • Sniffing, Hanna wiped at her face with her kerchief.
  • I wiped the tears from my face with a kerchief he offered me.

Derivatives

kerchiefed

adjective
Example sentences
  • They were defeated by kerchiefed mothers and grandmothers silently walking in a circle day after day displaying their grief and the General's crimes for all to see.

Origin

Middle English kerchef, from Old French cuevrechief, from couvrir 'to cover' + chief 'head'.

More
  • The early spelling was kerchef, from Old French cuevrechief, from couvrir ‘to cover’ and chief ‘head’. It was formerly used to describe a woman's head-dress, a type of cloth covering over the hair. The word was used meaning ‘cloth’ as the second element of handkerchief from the mid 16th century.

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