Definition of handkerchief noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

handkerchief

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈhæŋkətʃɪf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæŋkərtʃɪf//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈhæŋkətʃiːf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæŋkərtʃiːf//
 
(pl. handkerchiefs, handkerchieves
BrE BrE//ˈhæŋkətʃiːvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæŋkərtʃiːvz//
 
)
(informal hanky, hankie)
 
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a small piece of material or paper that you use for blowing your nose, etc. He blew his nose on a dirty handkerchief. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from hand + kerchief.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: handkerchief