[as-kuh t, -kot]


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]


a village in SE Berkshire, in S England: annual horse races. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of ascot

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for ascot



a cravat with wide square ends, usually secured with an ornamental stud

Word Origin for ascot

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