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neckcloth

[nek-klawth, -kloth] /ˈnɛkˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural neckcloths
[nek-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈnɛkˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA).
Obsolete
1.
cravat (def 2).
Origin of neckcloth
1630-1640
1630-40; neck + cloth
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  • Just then a hard hand was wrung into my neckcloth, and I felt myself dragged out of the water.

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

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • 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
  • It's a man's duty to defend his honour, and you talk of your neckcloth!

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • They were colourless, and lustreless in comparison with the diamond pin in his neckcloth.

    Foe-Farrell Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • His right arm was bound up with his neckcloth, and he was very pale.

  • Meanwhile Alice untied his neckcloth, and Poopy tore open his Guernsey frock and exposed his broad, brown chest.

  • Jawkins has money, as you may see by the tie of his neckcloth.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • And help me to put him on the sofa and loosen his neckcloth.

    Archibald Malmaison Julian Hawthorne
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for neckcloth

neckcloth

/ˈnɛkˌklɒθ/
noun
1.
a large ornamental usually white cravat worn formerly by men
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