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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Handkerchief  \Hand"ker*chief\  (h[a^]n"k[~e]r*ch[i^]f;  277),  n. 
  [Hand  +  kerchief.] 
  1.  A  piece  of  cloth,  usually  square  and  often  fine  and 
  elegant,  carried  for  wiping  the  face  or  hands. 
 
  2.  A  piece  of  cloth  shaped  like  a  handkerchief  to  be  worn 
  about  the  neck;  a  neckerchief;  a  neckcloth. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  handkerchief 
  n  :  a  square  piece  of  cloth  used  for  wiping  the  eyes  or  nose  or 
  as  a  costume  accessory  [syn:  {hankie},  {hanky},  {hankey}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Handkerchief 
  Only  once  in  Authorized  Version  (Acts  19:12).  The  Greek  word 
  (sudarion)  so  rendered  means  properly  "a  sweat-cloth."  It  is 
  rendered  napkin"  in  John  11:44;  20:7;  Luke  19:20. 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  HANDKERCHIEF,  n.  A  small  square  of  silk  or  linen,  used  in  various 
  ignoble  offices  about  the  face  and  especially  serviceable  at  funerals 
  to  conceal  the  lack  of  tears.  The  handkerchief  is  of  recent 
  invention;  our  ancestors  knew  nothing  of  it  and  intrusted  its  duties 
  to  the  sleeve.  Shakespeare's  introducing  it  into  the  play  of 
  Othello"  is  an  anachronism:  Desdemona  dried  her  nose  with  her  skirt, 
  as  Dr  Mary  Walker  and  other  reformers  have  done  with  their  coattails 
  in  our  own  day  --  an  evidence  that  revolutions  sometimes  go  backward. 
 
 




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