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