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Meaning of “handkerchief” in the English Dictionary

"handkerchief" in British English

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handkerchiefnoun [C]

uk   /ˈhæŋ.kə.tʃiːf/  us   /-kɚ-/ (plural handkerchiefs or UK also handkerchieves) (informal hanky)
B1 a ​squarepiece of ​cloth or ​paper used for ​cleaning the ​nose or ​drying the ​eyes when they are ​wet with ​tears: She took out her handkerchief and ​blew her ​noseloudly.
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(Definition of handkerchief from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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handkerchiefnoun [C]

 us   /ˈhæŋ·kər·tʃəf, -tʃɪf, -ˌtʃif/
a ​squarepiece of ​cloth used for ​blowing the ​nose or for ​cleaning the ​face or ​eyes
(Definition of handkerchief from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “handkerchief”
in Korean 손수건…
in Arabic مَحْرَمة, مِنْديل…
in Malaysian sapu tangan…
in French mouchoir…
in Russian носовой платок…
in Chinese (Traditional) 手帕…
in Italian fazzoletto…
in Turkish mendil…
in Polish chusteczka (do nosa)…
in Spanish pañuelo…
in Vietnamese khăn tay…
in Portuguese lenço, lencinho…
in Thai ผ้าเช็ดหน้า…
in German das Taschentuch…
in Catalan mocador…
in Japanese ハンカチ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 手帕…
in Indonesian saputangan…
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