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[nek-klawth, -kloth] /ˈnɛkˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural neckcloths
[nek-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈnɛkˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA).
cravat (def 2).
Origin of neckcloth
1630-40; neck + cloth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Just then a hard hand was wrung into my neckcloth, and I felt myself dragged out of the water.

  • His right arm was bound up with his neckcloth, and he was very pale.

  • Farmer Grey undid his neckcloth, and got some water and bathed his face; but it was some time before the miller came to himself.

    Taking Tales W.H.G. Kingston
  • Jawkins has money, as you may see by the tie of his neckcloth.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • They were colourless, and lustreless in comparison with the diamond pin in his neckcloth.

    Foe-Farrell Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • What was he ever good for in this world but to tie his neckcloth and twirl his cane?

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • Meanwhile Alice untied his neckcloth, and Poopy tore open his Guernsey frock and exposed his broad, brown chest.

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

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • And help me to put him on the sofa and loosen his neckcloth.

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

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
British Dictionary definitions for neckcloth


a large ornamental usually white cravat worn formerly by men
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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