What does kerchief mean?

Definitions for kerchiefˈkɜr tʃɪf, -tʃif

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kerchief(noun)

    a square scarf that is folded into a triangle and worn over the head or about the neck


  1. kerchief(Noun)

    A piece of cloth used to cover the head.

  2. Origin: from couvrechief, from couvrir + chief.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kerchief(noun)

    a square of fine linen worn by women as a covering for the head; hence, anything similar in form or material, worn for ornament on other parts of the person; -- mostly used in compounds; as, neckerchief; breastkerchief; and later, handkerchief

  2. Kerchief(noun)

    a lady who wears a kerchief

  3. Origin: [OE. coverchef, OF. cuevrechief, couvrechef, F. couvrechef, a head covering, fr. couvrir to cover + OF. chief head, F. chef. See Cover, Chief, and cf. Curfew.]


  1. Kerchief

    A kerchief also known as a bandana, is a triangular or square piece of cloth tied around the head or around the neck for protective or decorative purposes. The popularity of head kerchiefs may vary by culture or religion, as among Orthodox Christian women, Amish women, Orthodox Jewish women and Muslim women. A "handkerchief" or "hanky" primarily refers to a napkin made of cloth, used to dab away perspiration, clear the nostrils, or, in Victorian times, as a means of flirtation. A woman could intentionally drop a dainty square of lacy or embroidered fabric to give a favored man a chance to pick it up as an excuse to speak to her while returning it. Handkerchiefs were sometimes scented to be used like a nosegay or tussy-mussy, a way of protecting those who could afford them from the obnoxious scents in the street.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kerchief

    kėr′chif, n. any loose cloth used in dress: (orig.) a square piece of cloth worn by women to cover the head.—v.t. to cover or dress with a kerchief.—adjs. Ker′chiefed, Ker′chieft. [M. E. couerchef—O. Fr. covrechef (Fr. couvrechef)—covrir, to cover, chef, the head.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kerchief in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kerchief in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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