kerchief(redirected from kerchiefs)
Also found in: Thesaurus.
Related to kerchiefs: handkerchiefs
n. pl. ker·chiefs also ker·chieves (-chĭvz, -chēvz)
1. A square scarf, often worn as a head covering.
2. A handkerchief.
[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, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(Clothing & Fashion) a piece of cloth worn tied over the head or around the neck
[C13: from Old French cuevrechef, from covrir to cover + chef head; see chief]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ker•chief(ˈkɜr tʃɪf, -tʃif)
1. a woman's square scarf worn as a covering for the head or sometimes the shoulders.
[1250–1300; Middle English kerchef, syncopated variant of keverchef < Old French cuevrechef literally, (it) covers (the) head. See cover, chief]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||kerchief - a square scarf that is folded into a triangle and worn over the head or about the neck|
headscarf - a kerchief worn over the head and tied under the chin
neckerchief - a kerchief worn around the neck
scarf - a garment worn around the head or neck or shoulders for warmth or decoration
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
kerchief[ˈkɜːtʃɪf] n (old) → foulard m inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995