- a woman’s square scarf worn as a covering for the head or sometimes the shoulders.
- a handkerchief.
- a piece of cloth worn tied over the head or around the neck
early 14c., curchef, earlier kovrechief (early 13c.), from Anglo-French courchief, Old French couvrechief, literally “cover head,” from couvrir “to cover” (see cover) + chief “head” (see chief).