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From hand +‎ kerchief.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhaŋkətʃiːf/, /ˈhaŋkətʃɪf/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhæŋkɚtʃɪf/
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NounEdit

handkerchief (plural handkerchiefs or handkerchieves)

  1. A piece of cloth, usually square and often fine and elegant, carried for wiping the face, eyes, nose or hands.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 5, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      Mr. Banks’ panama hat was in one hand, while the other drew a handkerchief across his perspiring brow.
  2. A piece of cloth shaped like a handkerchief to be worn about the neck; a neckerchief or neckcloth.

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