American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small square of cloth used especially for wiping the nose or mouth.
- n. A large piece of cloth worn as a decorative article; a scarf.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A square piece of cloth, usually linen or silk, carried about the person for the purpose of wiping the face or nose. Silk handkerchiefs embroidered and fringed, or laced with gold, are mentioned as early as the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and the modern lace handkerchief has often but a very small center-piece of solid or plain material.
- n. A neckcloth: a neckerchief.
- To use a handkerchief; make signals with a handkerchief.
- n. A piece of cloth, usually square and often fine and elegant, carried for wiping the face, eyes, nose or hands.
- n. A piece of cloth shaped like a handkerchief to be worn about the neck; a neckerchief or neckcloth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A piece of cloth, usually square and often fine and elegant, carried for wiping the face or hands.
- n. A piece of cloth shaped like a handkerchief to be worn about the neck; a neckerchief; a neckcloth.
- n. a square piece of cloth used for wiping the eyes or nose or as a costume accessory
- From hand + kerchief. (Wiktionary)
“Although I have spoken Romanian for decades, it was only while talking with Oskar Pastior that I realized that the Romanian word for handkerchief is batistă.”
“The drawer was a family portrait in handkerchief format.”
“Pantyhose are the funniest when you have to assit. they just keep coming, like the handkerchief from the clown's mouth.”
“With his left hand he pulled a large white handkerchief from the pocket of his black coat, and with it he wiped off the knife and his gloved right hand which had been holding it; then he put the handkerchief away.”
“The way of carrying money in the corner of a pocket-handkerchief is still common.”
“Whenever a lamp flashed in at us, I had a glimpse of her progress toward composure -- now she was drying her eyes with the bit of lace she called a handkerchief; now her bare arms were up, and with graceful fingers she was arranging her hair; now she was straight and still, the soft, fluffy material with which her wrap was edged drawn close about her throat.”
“She checked her sobs, wiped her eyes with a morsel of lace she called a handkerchief, and, sweeping in a stately manner to the door, said, with the extreme of patrician hauteur:”
“The cow-boy then took out an old dirty rag, which I suppose he called a handkerchief, unfolded it, and produced three cards, saying, "Them thar fellows gave me these ar cards, and I'm going to larn that ar game, so as when I get back to Texas I can beat all the boys.”
“I tried to shield my face with my fan and at last regained my composure, and tried, in sly fashion, to dry my eyes with the bit of lace I called my handkerchief, and which I found a very poor substitute for the substantial lawn hitherto used.”
“Her arms were bare, and a muslin handkerchief was folded across her chest.”
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