Definitions

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

  • n. A narrow band for the hair.
  • n. A brassiere.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A band for the hair.
  • n. A band.
  • n. A brassiere, especially when narrow or strapless; a top made from a narrow band of fabric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A narrow band or fillet, as for the hair, part of a headdress, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fillet worn round the head; a head-band; especially, a ribbon worn by girls and women above the forehead.
  • n. A horizontal band or ring forming a part of the headpiece of armor.

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

  • n. an undergarment worn by women to support their breasts

Etymologies

French, from Old French bandel, diminutive of bande, band, strip; see band1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bandeau, from Old French bandel, diminutive form of bande. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The bone above the eyes called the bandeau by craniofacial surgeons may also need to be removed to allow for reshaping.

    The Beauty of Love

  • They wear long black cloaks or mantles, edged with a frill of the same material, and on their heads a kind of bandeau or under-cap, turned up at the ears, surmounted by

    Brittany & Its Byways

  • LT, naturally, chooses this occasion to wear a leather bandeau top and pants.

    Una LaMarche: Pregnant in Heels Ep. 6: Bare Neigh-ked Lady

  • “With a bandeau over our eyes … And then we went outside and played in the cour.”

    party planner

  • When Kate loped down the runway wearing a transparent lace sheath over a bandeau bra and black bikini bottoms, the prince led the applause.

    William and Kate

  • Nancy, in a black satin gown and her signature "barbaric jewelry" and forehead bandeau, had been suddenly overcome by a vision of the past.

    Lesley M. M. Blume: ICON OF STYLE Nancy Cunard: Heiress, Activist, and Provocateur (PHOTOS)

  • In her first solo performance on "Glee," Morris channeled the original Ms. Spears and donned some of the pop star's most memorable looks from the late '90s and early' 00s, including a nude body stocking, a red leather catsuit, and a belly-bearing green bandeau — white python and all — for a truly memorable tribute.

    Hulu.com: Glee Pays Tribute to Britney Spears

  • We wish we could just, oh say, whittle ourselves down like that pre-summer and step out in a bandeau top.

    Victoria's Secret Photochops Another Model (PHOTOS, POLL)

  • Big breasts rule out a bandeau top; small breasts shouldn't be in padded uplifts when you are near-naked, it's best that you don't try to compensate—people notice.

    Becoming a Bathing Beauty

  • Beach Blanket Bingo Bikinis for those who want to go girly Jets by Jessika Allen black-and-white gingham, "Romance" gathered bandeau halter top, £111, and deep-cut tie bottom, £67

    Becoming a Bathing Beauty

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