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  1. a band of decorative fabric worn around the neck, under the collar, and tied in front to hang down the front of a shirt or to form a small bow.
  2. any band, scarf, or tie fastened at the front of the neck.
  3. Slang. a hangman's rope.

Origin of necktie

First recorded in 1830–40; neck + tie
Related formsneck·tie·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for necktie


  1. the US name for tie (def. 11)
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Word Origin and History for necktie


1838, from neck (n.) + tie (n.). American English slang necktie party "a lynching" is recorded from 1871.

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