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[kruh-vat] /krəˈvæt/
necktie (defs 1, 2).
a cloth, often made of or trimmed with lace, worn about the neck by men especially in the 17th century.
Medicine/Medical. a bandage made by folding a triangular piece of material into a band, used temporarily for a fracture or wound.
Origin of cravat
1650-60; < French cravate neckcloth, literally, Croat (< German Krabate < Serbo-Croatian hr̀vāt); so called because worn by Croatian mercenaries in the French army Unabridged
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  • I held Sympson before me crushed into a chair, and my hand was on his cravat.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • He had evidently dressed in a hurry, for his cravat was ill-tied and the collar gaped.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • No time was lost by the little man in black suit and cravat in starting the review.

    The Greater Love George T. McCarthy
  • He was dressed in a ruby velvet dressing-gown, with a cravat with lace ends.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • The gentleman himself was invariably dressed in green pantaloons, and a green waistcoat, frock, and cravat.

  • His coat is soiled and torn, his cravat is put on awry, and his linen is none of the cleanest.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • He tore off his cravat, and in vain exposed his bosom to the frost.

    Mabel's Mistake Ann S. Stephens
  • When his cravat was removed a blessed medal could be seen on his neck.

  • She eyed him and fingered that little gold pin she wears, till he smiled and touched one of the same pattern in his own cravat.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • And the cravat was only a second-rater, too, a black-silk affair.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for cravat


a scarf of silk or fine wool, worn round the neck, esp by men
Word Origin
C17: from French cravate, from Serbo-Croat Hrvat Croat; so called because worn by Croats in the French army during the Thirty Years' War
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Word Origin and History for cravat

1650s, from French cravate (17c.), from Cravate "Croatian," from German Krabate, from Serbo-Croatian Hrvat "a Croat" (see Croat). Cravats came into fashion 1650s in imitation of linen scarves worn by Croatian mercenaries in the French army in the Thirty Years War.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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