Definition of kerchief in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkəːtʃɪf


  • 1A piece of fabric used to cover the head.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


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

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