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,
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            He might put on a hat, a muffler, and a kerchief,
            and so escape.                        --Shak.
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            Her black hair strained away
            To a scarlet kerchief caught beneath her chin.
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   2. A lady who wears a kerchief. --Dryden. Kerchiefed
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