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a headband, especially one worn about the forehead.
a narrow brassiere.
Historical Examples

bandeau looked as though he were going to explode, but a glance from the President silenced him.
Fifty Per Cent Prophet Gordon Randall Garrett

Her head is uncovered, and merely encircled with a bandeau of black velvet.
Austria Frederick Shoberl

A second piece of white cloth is bound across the forehead for a bandeau.
The Belles of Canterbury Anna Bird Stewart

But I wouldn’t wear a bandeau on my hair if I were you, Pauline.
The Revolt Ellis Parker Butler

There she stood in her rich evening dress of purple moire-antique, with the bandeau of diamonds encircling her night-black hair.
Ishmael Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

The bandeau inclosing the head glittered resplendent with amethysts.
Josephine John S. C. Abbott

The people had crowned its chief with the symbol of liberty, the cap of democracy replaced the bandeau of Rheims.
History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine

A snood, or bandeau of riband or worsted tape, was the only head-dress for maidens.
Discipline Mary Brunton

Her tulle veil was held by a bandeau of lilies of the valley.
News Writing M. Lyle Spencer

They have a kind of band, like the bandeau of widows, above the beak, which is of a tan colour.
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Various

noun (pl) -deaux (-dəʊz)
a narrow band of ribbon, velvet, etc, worn round the head
a bikini top in the form of narrow band of material

1706, from French bandeau, from Old French bandel (12c.), diminutive of bande “band” (see band (n.1)).


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