Handkerchief vs. Bandana

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Main Difference

The main difference between Handkerchief and Bandana is that the Handkerchief is a piece of cloth for personal use and Bandana is a large printed handkerchief or scarf, usually with a red or blue ground.

  • Handkerchief (noun)

    A piece of cloth, usually square and often fine and elegant, carried for wiping the face, eyes, nose or hands.

  • Handkerchief (noun)

    A piece of cloth shaped like a handkerchief to be worn about the neck; a neckerchief or neckcloth.

  • Bandana (noun)

    A large kerchief, usually colourful and used either as headgear or as a handkerchief, neckerchief, bikini, or sweatband.

  • Bandana (noun)

    A style of calico printing, in which white or bright spots are produced upon cloth previously dyed a uniform red or dark colour, by discharging portions of the color by chemical means, while the rest of the cloth is under pressure.

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Webster Dictionary
  • Handkerchief (noun)

    a square piece of cloth used for wiping the eyes or nose or as a costume accessory

  • Bandana (noun)

    large and brightly colored handkerchief; often used as a neckerchief

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