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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Kerchief \Ker"chief\, n.; pl. Kerchiefs. [OE. coverchef, OF. cuevrechief, couvrechef, F. couvrechef, a head covering, fr. couvrir to cover + OF. chief head, F. chef. See Cover, Chief, and cf. Curfew.] 1. A square of fine linen worn by women as a covering for the head; hence, anything similar in form or material, worn for ornament on other parts of the person; -- mostly used in compounds; as, neckerchief; breastkerchief; and later, handkerchief. [1913 Webster] He might put on a hat, a muffler, and a kerchief, and so escape. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Her black hair strained away To a scarlet kerchief caught beneath her chin. --Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster] 2. A lady who wears a kerchief. --Dryden. Kerchiefed