(?), n.;
pl. Kerchiefs (#).
[OE. coverchef, OF. cuevrechief, couvrechef, F. couvrechef, a head covering, fr. couvrir to cover + OF. chief head, F. chef. See Cover, Chief, and cf. Curfew.] 1. A square of fine linen worn by women as a covering for the head; hence, anything similar in form or material, worn for ornament on other parts of the person; -- mostly used in compounds; as, neckerchief; breastkerchief; and later, handkerchief.
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He might put on a hat, a muffler, and a kerchief, and so escape.
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Her black hair strained away
To a scarlet kerchief caught beneath her chin.
Mrs. Browning.
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2. A lady who wears a kerchief. Dryden.





} (?), a. Dressed; hooded; covered; wearing a kerchief. Milton.
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