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English definition of “handkerchief”

handkerchief

noun [C]     /ˈhæŋ.kə.tʃiːf/ US  /-kɚ-/ (plural handkerchiefs or UK also handkerchieves) (informal hanky)
B1 a square piece 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 nose loudly. → Compare tissueGloves and other accessories
(Definition of handkerchief noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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