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(n.) A lady who wears a kerchief.
(n.) A square of fine linen worn by women as a covering for the head; hence, anything similar in form or material, worn for ornament on other parts of the person; - mostly used in compounds; as, neckerchief; breastkerchief; and later, handkerchief.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Kerchief'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/k/kerchief.html. 1828.