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cravat

[kruh-vat] /krəˈvæt/
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 of cravat
1650-1660
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/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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