Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large handkerchief usually figured and brightly colored.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of bandana.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of silk or cotton handkerchief, having a uniformly dyed ground, usually of red or blue, with white or yellow figures of a circular, lozenge, or other simple form; -- it is often used as a neckerchief. The term is also used for any large and brightly colored handkerchief.
  • n. Any scarf worn on the neck or head, usually of large size.
  • n. A style of calico printing, in which white or bright spots are produced upon cloth previously dyed of a uniform red or dark color, by discharging portions of the color by chemical means, while the rest of the cloth is under pressure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large and brightly colored handkerchief; often used as a neckerchief

Etymologies

Probably Portuguese, from Hindi bāndhnū, tie-dyeing, from bāndhnā, to tie, from Sanskrit bandhati, he ties; see bhendh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Nash directed Katani and Yurt to go back to the swamp and soak a bandanna with cold water.

    Beacon Street Girls: Lake Rescue

  • The man wearing the bandanna was the only one who seemed at all a familiar figure, -- merely, perhaps, because he was American in build, clothing, and movement.

    The Flaming Jewel

  • I had a chuckle looking at Oprah so far removed from her own Mississippi roots when she couldn't even lift up a bucket of water to balance on her head, like the young girl she was with here's a clue, Oprah: it's called a bandanna, you wrap it around like a turban, place it on your head, and if positioned correctly, the bucket should balance itself on this apparatus - I'm sure your rural, impoverished grandmother knew something about this, if you had listened to her various instructions instead of daydreaming that you would never do what she was doing; you might have spared yourself the embarrassment of not being able to do what most women of African descent in this world know how to do - but I digress.

    The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy: Black Feminism, Surrogate Motherhood, or Colonialist Fantasy?

  • - raises dust, methodically erasing and re-erasing the back line of the batter's box, and chews and spits and touches his crotch to make sure it's still there, the white foul lines stretch and stretch, way out to where forever might be, and the orange-yellow smoke curls into the night and the blood rushes down the Oriental man's head his bandanna is a swaying burgundy lagoon with floating Chinese characters.

    The Daily Iowan - Online Edition

  • The David Brown Clothing collection included jeans, tees and hoodies all with the signature Young Buck "bandanna" print inspiration.

    SOHH.com Dailies

  • "bandanna"; -- quite suggestive of the every day wear of foreign peasantry.

    Over the Border: Acadia, the Home of "Evangeline"

  • However, one couple stood out: a big, bulky, unshaven, bald guy wearing a blue and black print, rolled up, bandanna around his head.

    Was It The Gang Or the Bang I Desired?

  • At dinner one evening, I sit across from a 40-ish man wearing camouflage pants, a black bandanna with skulls on it and a T-shirt from the 1994 movie "The Crow."

    Primitive Instincts: Where modern man can learn to live like his ancestors

  • I wore an American flag bandanna around my wrist when we marched on the debate, and held another folded in my hands because I thought they were symbols the police would recognize and react peacefully to.

    Matthis Chiroux: Police Violence Against Veterans: A Long and Painful Legacy

  • One young woman with a bandanna over her face flung a trash bag into the road, narrowly missing a police officer's face as he chased a separate protester.

    Occupy protests in Oakland and New York: a weekend of police clashes

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