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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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  • 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.
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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