[nek-klawth, -kloth]
noun, plural neck·cloths [nek-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈnɛkˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/. Obsolete.
  1. cravat(def 2).

Origin of neckcloth

First recorded in 1630–40; neck + cloth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for neckcloth

Historical Examples of neckcloth

  • Arrived there, he removed his coat and neckcloth, his sodden boots and stockings.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • The Colonel was wiping the wine from his chin and neckcloth.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • It's a man's duty to defend his honour, and you talk of your neckcloth!

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • A man sprang at me and thrust something cold and knobby into my neckcloth.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • I untied his neckcloth, and, as well as I could, examined his condition.

British Dictionary definitions for neckcloth


  1. a large ornamental usually white cravat worn formerly by men
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