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[nek-tahy] /ˈnɛkˌtaɪ/
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.
any band, scarf, or tie fastened at the front of the neck.
Slang. a hangman's rope.
Origin of necktie
First recorded in 1830-40; neck + tie
Related forms
necktieless, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for necktie
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  • The necktie he had just found lying in the bottom of the box.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • He paused in the middle of the store and felt of his necktie.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • He ties his necktie and pulls down his coat and brushes off the collar.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • "After dinner," cried Lyaeus as he straightened his necktie.

    Rosinante to the Road Again

    John Dos Passos
  • That necktie of yours 'll keep us warm till fall, I shouldn't wonder.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • You know perfectly well you was tickled to death to have her tie that necktie on you.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • His hands trembled so that he could hardly get his necktie into decent shape.

    The Missionary George Griffith
  • I must knock that leftenant out, and that necktie will do it!

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • His hands were raised and he seemed to be settling his necktie.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for necktie


the US name for tie (sense 11)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for necktie



The noose used in a hanging: They'll put a necktie on you (1871+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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