kerchief

/ˈkɜtʃəf / (say 'kerchuhf), /kəˈtʃif / (say kuh'cheef)

noun
1. a cloth worn or carried on the person.
2. a cloth worn as a head covering, especially by women.
{Middle English curchef, contraction of coverchef, from Old French couvrechief, from couvrir cover + chief head. Compare chief}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Kerchief — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kerchief — early 14c., curchef, earlier kovrechief (early 13c.), from Anglo Fr. courchief, O.Fr. couvrechief, lit. cover head, from couvrir to cover (see COVER (Cf. cover)) + chief head (see CHIEF (Cf. chief)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • kerchief — ► NOUN 1) a piece of fabric used to cover the head. 2) a handkerchief. ORIGIN Old French cuevrechief, from couvrir to cover + chief head …   English terms dictionary

  • kerchief — [kʉr′chif] n. [ME kerchef, coverchef < OFr covrechef < covrir, to COVER + chef, the head: see CHIEF] 1. a piece of cloth, usually square, worn over the head or around the neck 2. a handkerchief kerchiefed [kʉr′chift] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Kerchief — A kerchief (from the French couvre chef , cover the head ) is a triangular or square piece of cloth tied around the head or around the neck for protective or decorative purposes. The popularity of head kerchiefs may vary by culture or religion,… …   Wikipedia

  • kerchief — UK [ˈkɜː(r)tʃɪf] / US [ˈkɜrtʃɪf] / US [ˈkɜrˌtʃɪf] noun [countable] Word forms kerchief : singular kerchief plural kerchiefs old fashioned a piece of cloth that you wear around your neck or head …   English dictionary

  • kerchief — [[t]kɜ͟ː(r)tʃɪf[/t]] kerchiefs N COUNT A kerchief is a piece of cloth that you can wear on your head or round your neck. [OLD FASHIONED] …   English dictionary

  • Kerchief — COVERCHIEF (Kerchief, Kercher) A veil or covering for a woman s head, and made of fine or coarse material, according to the wearer s condition or means. The coverchief was worn by women of every rank in England, both Anglo Saxon and Norman. By… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • kerchief — noun (plural kerchiefs; also kerchieves) Etymology: Middle English courchef, from Anglo French coverchef, cuerchief, from coverir to cover + chef head more at chief Date: 13th century 1. a square of cloth used as a head covering or worn as a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • kerchief — kerchiefed, kerchieft, adj. /kerr chif, cheef/, n. 1. a woman s square scarf worn as a covering for the head or sometimes the shoulders. 2. a handkerchief. [1250 1300; ME kerchef, syncopated var. of keverchef < OF cuevrechef lit., (it) covers… …   Universalium

  • kerchief — noun /ˈkərtʃəf/ A piece of cloth used to cover the head …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.