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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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Historical Examples
  • I held Sympson before me crushed into a chair, and my hand was on his cravat.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • Change that cravat for this of mine, that coat for this of mine.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • No time was lost by the little man in black suit and cravat in starting the review.

    The Greater Love George T. McCarthy
  • His cravat had been tied many times and needed it once more.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • The gentleman himself was invariably dressed in green pantaloons, and a green waistcoat, frock, and cravat.

  • His frock-coat, cravat and waistcoat were invariably of black.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • He tore off his cravat, and in vain exposed his bosom to the frost.

    Mabel's Mistake Ann S. Stephens
  • Drayton stepped up to this table to fix the cravat by the glass.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • 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
  • So I went back to the bed and tied the heavy handkerchief at my back by my cravat.

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.

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