• WordNet 3.6
    • n bandanna large and brightly colored handkerchief; often used as a neckerchief
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bandanna 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.
    • Bandanna 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.
    • Bandanna Any scarf worn on the neck or head, usually of large size.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bandanna 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:

Knight touched the bandanna about his neck.
"Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party" by C. E. Jacobs
This was fastened on the best way possible by the use of Lub's big red bandanna handkerchief.
"Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys" by Silas K. Boone
Half a dozen squaws, with bare black heads and capes of red bandannas sewed together, were plodding toward town laden with ollas.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
It was much swollen, and over it Uncle Barney had tied a bandanna handkerchief.
"The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island" by Edward Stratemeyer
Then at last they had him down on a sofa, his hands tied behind his back with the Duke's bandanna handkerchief.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
Then whipping his bandanna handkerchief from around his neck, he made a sling.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
From its swaying side the driver, a grinning youth in a blue shirt and red bandanna 'kerchief about his neck, climbed down.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
The latter stood polishing the barrels of his shot-gun with a red bandanna; the Major was fuming and wagging his head.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
I have got a big, red, bandanna handkerchief which we can use as a flag.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
It was a warm afternoon and he mopped his face with a big bandanna as he talked to them.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
It was my idea about the bandanna.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
Mormon wiped his face with his bandanna.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
If was a torn and dirty bandanna handkerchief.
"Dave Porter and the Runaways" by Edward Stratemeyer
As for me I carried a bandanna in my hip pocket and walked with determined masculine stride.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
White Bear slid the point under the bandanna around Wegner's neck and pressed it into the soft place just above the collarbone.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
As soon as Sugarman heard of the breaking of the engagement he flew to Elias, his blue bandanna streaming from his coat-tail.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Atop her red bandanna a sunbonnet perched neglected.
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
Her flat-brimmed hat was pulled low over her face and the silk bandanna hid her hair.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
Stubbs wiped his forehead with a red bandanna handkerchief and lighted up his short clay pipe with a sigh of relief.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Drawing a bandanna handkerchief from a pocket he swiftly gagged the justice.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts

In poetry:

Poor drudge of the city! how happy he feels,
With the burs on his legs and the grass at his heels
No dodger behind, his bandannas to share,
No constable grumbling, “You must n’t walk there!”
"Lines -- for Berkshire Jubilee, Aug. 23, 1844" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

A bandanna -disguised duo are believed to have committed robberies in the Capitola area Sunday and Monday night police said.
Red bandanna honoring 9-11 hero goes perfectly with UCF's school colors.
Remembering a man who led people to safety after terrorists struck the World Trade Center on September 11th - a former Boston College lacrosse player whose trademark was a red bandanna .
In the summer of 1962, she was pictured in one of the popular prints for summer time - a gay red cotton with an old-fashioned bandanna pattern, fashioned with a full swing skirt and a high neckline that ties with bows on the shoulders.
'Man in the Red Bandanna ' Died Saving Others.
With the help of a splashy new look, beauty expert Kay Casperson has transformed the Sundial Beach & Golf Resort's former gift and clothing shop, Bandannas, into her newest location, the Kay Casperson Lifestyle Boutique.
Bandanna's reunion show a relic from the way music was.
Bella Smith, a volunteer, paid tribute to early 1980s fashion in oversize door-knocker earrings accented with a red bandanna.
Billy Wolf Scarf Dog Bandanna ($32).
Wishbone, a 4-year old male Chihuahua – shelter ID A1162718 – shook off his blue bandanna, left, and kennel mate Walt is a 6-year old male Chihuahua – A1162717 – who still wears his brown bandanna.
Police said the suspect, a black man in his 20s or 30s who wears a bandanna on his head, targets women jogging alone in the early-morning hours.
And a bandanna, found by Christine's brother the day after her death, when he searched a construction site behind the Mortons ' home.
A man wearing a straw hat, a bandanna, and red and black gloves robbed the Chase Bank near Peoria and 99th avenues on Sept 25.
Tie a red scarf around the pirate 's waist and a bandanna around his head.
In years past, we've sucked a lot of dust despite bandannas and goggles, but this year, it shouldn't be a problem.