- 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.
Middle English, from Old French couvrechief, from couvrir (“to cover”) + chief (“head”).