Origin: Cf. OF. Escharpe a piligrim’s scrip, or wallet (handing about the neck), F. Echarpe sash, scarf; probably from OHG. Scharpe pocket; also (from the French) Dan. Skiaerf; Sw. Skarp, Prov. G. Scharfe, LG. Scherf, G. Scharpe; and also AS. Scearf a fragment; possibly akin to E. Scrip a wallet. Cf. Scarp a scarf.
An article of dress of a light and decorative character, worn loosely over the shoulders or about the neck or the waist; a light shawl or handkerchief for the neck; also, a cravat; a neckcloth. Put on your hood and scarf. (swift) With care about the banners, scarves, and staves. (R. Browning)