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Meaning of KERCHIEF

Pronunciation:  'kurchif

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a square scarf that is folded into a triangle and worn over the head or about the neck

KERCHIEF is a 8 letter word that starts with K.


 See Also: headscarf, neckerchief, scarf



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ker"chief\, n.; pl. {Kerchiefs}. [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. 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,

         He might put on a hat, a muffler, and a kerchief,
         and so escape.                        --Shak.

         Her black hair strained away To a scarlet kerchief
         caught beneath her chin.              --Mrs.

2. A lady who wears a kerchief. --Dryden.

Easton Bible Dictionary

mentioned only Ezek. 13:18, 21, as an article of apparel or ornament applied to the head of the idolatrous women of Israel. The precise meaning of the word is uncertain. It appears to have been a long loose shawl, such as Oriental women wrap themselves in (Ruth 3:15; Isa. 3:22). Some think that it was a long veil or head-dress, denoting by its form the position of those who wore it.