• WordNet 3.6
    • n bandana large and brightly colored handkerchief; often used as a neckerchief
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bandana A species of silk or cotton handkerchief, having a uniformly dyed ground, usually of red or blue, with white or yellow figures of a circular, lozenge, or other simple form; -- it is often used as a neckerchief. The term is also used for any large and brightly colored handkerchief.
    • Bandana A style of calico printing, in which white or bright spots are produced upon cloth previously dyed of a uniform red or dark color, by discharging portions of the color by chemical means, while the rest of the cloth is under pressure.
    • Bandana Any scarf worn on the neck or head, usually of large size.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bandana A large handkerchief, dyed blue, yellow, or red, with small spots left white, where the stuff has been pressed to prevent it from receiving the dye.
    • n bandana A style of calico-printing in imitation of bandana handkerchiefs, white spots being produced on a red or dark-colored ground by discharging the color.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bandana ban-dan′a a kind of silk or cotton coloured handkerchief, with a pattern of spots or diamond prints, originally from India.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hind. bāndhnū, a mode of dyeing in which the cloth is tied in different places so as to prevent the parts tied from receiving the dye. Cf. Band (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hind. bandhnū, the mode of dyeing these, bāndh, a cord.


In literature:

Glaring ferociously at them, he wiped them with his bandana.
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
The members of each patrol wear bandanas made in the colors of their patrol.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Underneath his loose, dun-coloured vest he wore a soft shirt, and in place of a linen collar he had a red bandana tied about his neck.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
Subsequently he engaged in the manufacture of bandanas, and the style of the firm became 'H.
"The Day of Sir John Macdonald" by Joseph Pope
Later she entered his room carrying a bandana handkerchief.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
The 'Squire entered, mopping his face with his bandana, and moving with the deliberation and dignity consistent with his official position.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
Being hostess, she could have clothes on, and sported a half dozen little bracelets and a jet black bandana around her throat.
"World Without War" by E. G. von Wald
On the threshold stood Karl with a small bundle done up in a bandana handkerchief.
"Neighbors" by Jacob A. Riis
Granfa Champion, wiping with gaudy bandana his forehead, came out to plant daffodil bulbs stored in the green shadows of a cool potting shed.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
The old red bandana from my neck made her a wet bandage, and the boot top served for a splint.
"A Man in the Open" by Roger Pocock
A bandana handkerchief covered her hair and she wore slacks and a white sweater.
"Guilt of the Brass Thieves" by Mildred A. Wirt
The bed had been carelessly made, and a red bandana handkerchief had been left hanging on one of the wooden posts.
"Whispering Walls" by Mildred A. Wirt
With strong, hard hands they drew his wrists back of him and tied them tight with the long bandana handkerchief he wore about his neck.
"The Strength of the Pines" by Edison Marshall
The door was opened by a little yellow lady wearing a crimson silk bandana by way of cap.
"Wild Life in the Land of the Giants" by Gordon Stables
When he had finally arrived, Elmer took the red bandana handkerchief from his neck, and climbed over the fence.
"Endurance Test" by Alan Douglas
A bandana handkerchief was wound around his head and earrings dangled from his ears.
"The Radio Boys at Mountain Pass" by Allen Chapman
He wore a checked shirt, a laced jacket, rings in his ears, and a bandana handkerchief about his head.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
Even the red bandana around his throat seemed to express it.
"Travelers Five Along Life's Highway" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Salvador held out the cash to Raul, and mopped his face with the bandana, puffing loudly.
"When the Owl Cries" by Paul Bartlett
There, Nick's waving his red bandana, which I take it means they've broken down.
"Motor Boat Boys Among the Florida Keys" by Louis Arundel

In poetry:

She had a box
with a million red bandanas for him.
She gave them to him
one by one or by thousands,
saying then she had not enough for him.
"Love Beyond Keeping" by Carl Sandburg
In their dialect way the knights of the Gray
Gave a flout at the buckeye bandana,
And the buckeye came back with a gosh-awful whack,
And that's what's the matter with Hannah.
"The Blue And Gray" by Eugene Field

In news:

"We lost kids because of these colors," said Ron Barrett, waving a fistful of yellow, brown, blue, red and orange bandanas in the air.
At 4 pm Thursday, a pack of leashed, polite but excited dogs sporting bright bandanas will march down the streets of downtown Montgomery, holding their own parade.
Most recently, As You Were and Erotic Bandanas and three other local bands played a sold-out concert at the House of Blues in Anaheim.
The victims told cops they had reached Gold Street at around 8:45 pm when they happened to look behind them and see a thug with a red bandana over his face stalking them.
According to the police, two men with bandanas over their faces and displaying pistols took an undisclosed amount of money and fled.
A Palestinian baby wears a Hamas bandana during a rally to celebrate the Israel-Hamas cease -fire in the Jebaliya refugee camp, north Gaza Strip on Nov 22.
A Palestinian baby wears a Hamas bandana during a rally to celebrate the Israel-Hamas cease-fire in the Jebaliya refugee camp, north Gaza Strip on Nov 22.
Bosnian youth, members of NGO "Izvor" tie white bandanas on passing citizens of Sarajevo, on Thursday, May 31, 2012.
When officers searched his car, they found an unlicensed firearm hidden beneath a bandana.
Chanel Daugherty, left, an interpretive aid, ties a bandana around Kalem Cheek's face for his turn to be a "moth" in the echolocation game prior to viewing bats on Friday at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.
Police said the suspects, described as black men with heavy accents and wearing bandanas, entered the Maverik store near 1700 South and 300 West just before midnight.
Conway police say four men wearing all black, with either a white bandana or hockey mask covering their faces, robbed the Scotchman at 3410 West Highway 501 about 11:30 pm Tuesday.
Some protesters wore bandanas to keep themselves anonymous while protesting.
Oct 01, 2002 — When we think of protesters these days, many of us conjure up images of twenty-year-olds with bandanas, long hair, and multiple piercings.
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