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- a piece of cloth, usually square, worn over the head or around the neck
- a handkerchief
Origin: Middle English kerchef, coverchef from Old French covrechef from covrir, to cover plush chef, the head: see chief
- kerchiefed adjective
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noun pl. ker·chiefs also ker·chieves
- A woman's square scarf, often worn as a head covering.
- A handkerchief.
Origin: 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 .