A young woman wearing a white kerchief.
- a piece of cloth, usually square, worn over the head or around the neck
- a handkerchief
Origin of kerchiefMiddle English kerchef, coverchef ; from Old French covrechef ; from covrir, to cover + chef, the head: see chief
nounpl. ker·chiefs also ker·chieves
- A square scarf, often worn as a head covering.
- A handkerchief.
Origin of kerchiefMiddle 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 .
- (old-fashioned) A piece of cloth used to cover the head.
- 1823: Clement Clark Moore, The Night Before Christmas - And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap, / Had just settled down for a long winter's nap...