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Definition of Handkerchief


  1. A piece of cloth, usually square and often fine and elegant, carried for wiping the face or hands.
  2. A piece of cloth shaped like a handkerchief to be worn about the neck; a neckerchief; a neckcloth.

Handkerchief Quotations

Nature best teaches how to pray, and how to reverence all the gifts the Almighty has given us. She is like a vast outspread handkerchief, embroidered with God's eternal name, on which we may dry alike our tears of sorrow and of joy; she turns weeping into ecstasy, and fills our hearts with speechless, quiet reverence and resignation.
Robert Schumann

In his holy flirtation with the world, God occasionally drops a handkerchief. These handkerchiefs are called saints.
Frederick Buechner

The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play 'Drop the Handkerchief.'
James Naismith

Once you fall for someone, their smell can be a powerful thing. Women will wear their boyfriends' T-shirts, and throughout tales in history men have held on to their lover's handkerchief.
Helen Fisher

I sometimes shy away because I don't want to be too 'showy-offy' but the older I get I think, 'You have a handkerchief, put it in your pocket.'
Jude Law
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Handkerchief Translations

handkerchief in Dutch is zakdoek
handkerchief in French is mouchoir
handkerchief in German is Taschentuch, Schnupftuch, Taschentuch
handkerchief in Italian is fazzoletto
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