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[as-kuh t, -kot] /ˈæs kət, -kɒt/
a necktie or scarf with broad ends, tied and arranged so that the ends are laid flat, one across the other, sometimes with a pin to secure them.
Origin of ascot
1905-10; so called from the fashionable dress worn at the Ascot races


[as-kuh t] /ˈæs kət/
a village in SE Berkshire, in S England: annual horse races. Unabridged
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  • There's Forster, with his story of ascot, and his black-ball at Graham's!

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • "You fancy that the whole world is like the ring at ascot," said Beecher, sneeringly.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • Indeed she had no wish for ascot or for any place in which he or she must meet their old friends.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • I reached London and found employment as stable boy at ascot.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
  • The enclosure at ascot on Cup Day is not so gay and pretty a scene as this.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • One fine day they go to ascot Races, and there they meet him face to face.

British Dictionary definitions for ascot


a cravat with wide square ends, usually secured with an ornamental stud
Word Origin
C20: named after Ascot, where it was probably first worn


a town in S England, in Bracknell Forest unitary authority, Berkshire: noted for its horse-race meetings, esp Royal Ascot, a four-day meeting held in June. Pop: 8755 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for ascot


village near Windsor, Berkshire; site of fashionable race-meeting. Used attributively for clothes suitable for the event; especially a type of tie (1908). The town name is literally "eastern cottage."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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