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Kerche'if. n.s. [covrecheif, Chaucer; couvre, to cover, and chef, the head; and hence a handkercheif to wipe the face or hands.]

  1. A head dress.

    I see how thine eye would emulate the diamond; thou hast the right arched bent of the brow, that becomes the tire vailant.
    — A plain kerchief, Sir John; my brows become nothing else.
    Shakesp. Merry Wives of Windsor.

    The proudest kerchief of the court shall rest
    Well satisfy'd of what they love the best.

  2. Any cloath used in dress.

    O! what a time have you chose out, brave Caius,
    To wear a kerchief.
    Shakesp. Julius Cæsar.

    Every man had a large kercheif folded about the neck. Hayward.

Sources: Chaucer, Geoffrey (4) · Dryden, John (788) · Hayward, John (42) · Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (42) · Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95)

Attributes: Chaucer (2) · French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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