Handkerchief definitions

hăng'kər-chĭf, -chēf'
The definition of a handkerchief is a small, tightly-woven square of cloth that is carried in the pocket.

An example of a handkerchief is a small square of cotton cloth that you carry in your pocket and use to wipe your runny nose when you have a cold.

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A small square of cloth used especially for wiping the nose or mouth.
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A large piece of cloth worn as a decorative article; a scarf.
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A small, square piece of linen, cotton, silk, etc., for wiping the nose, eyes, or face, or carried or worn for ornament.
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A piece of cloth, usually square and often fine and elegant, carried for wiping the face, eyes, nose or hands.
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A piece of cloth shaped like a handkerchief to be worn about the neck; a neckerchief or neckcloth.
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Origin of handkerchief

From hand +‎ kerchief.