cravat

[kruh-vat]
noun
1.
necktie ( defs 1, 2 ).
2.
a cloth, often made of or trimmed with lace, worn about the neck by men especially in the 17th century.
3.
Medicine/Medical. a bandage made by folding a triangular piece of material into a band, used temporarily for a fracture or wound.

Origin:
1650–60; < French cravate neckcloth, literally, Croat (< German Krabate < Serbo-Croatian hr̀vāt); so called because worn by Croatian mercenaries in the French army

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cravat (krəˈvæt)
 
n
a scarf of silk or fine wool, worn round the neck, esp by men
 
[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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cravat
1650s, from Fr. cravate, from Cravate "Croatian," from Ger. Krabate, from Serbo-Croat Hrvat "a Croat," from O.Slav. Churvatinu "Croat," lit. "mountaineer, highlander," from churva "mountain" (cf. Rus. khrebet "mountain chain"). 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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Example sentences
Even the smart, cravat-wearing highway police played a role.
The hair, cravat, and curtain were rendered with pirouettes of a dancing brush.
Back on his head went the wig, the cravat was tastefully re-tied.
The flowing cravat and remarkably deep undercutting of the proper left coat lapel lend tactility and immediacy.
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