from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman's square scarf, often worn as a head covering.
- n. A handkerchief.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A piece of cloth used to cover the head.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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
- n. A lady who wears a kerchief.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A head-dress composed of a simple square or oblong piece of linen, silk, or other material, worn folded, tied, pinned, or otherwise fastened about the head, or more or less loosely attached, so as to cover or drape the head and shoulders.
- n. A similar square of linen, cotton, or silk, worn on or used about the person for other purposes than covering the head. Compare handkerchief, neckerchief, and napkin.
- n. One who wears a kerchief; a woman.
- To attire with a kerchief; hood.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a square scarf that is folded into a triangle and worn over the head or about the neck
Middle English coverchef, curchef, from Anglo-Norman courchief (variant of Old French couvrechef) and from Old French couvrechef : covrir, to cover; see cover + chef, head; see chief.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Old French couvrechief, from couvrir ("to cover") + chief ("head"). (Wiktionary)