- a large, printed handkerchief, typically one with white spots or figures on a red or blue background.
- any large scarf for the neck or head.
- a large silk or cotton handkerchief or neckerchief
also often bandanna, 1752, from Hindi bandhnu, a method of dyeing, from Sanskrit badhnati “binds” (because the cloth is tied like modern tie-dye), from same PIE root as band (n.1). Etymologically, the colors and spots are what makes it a bandana.