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[nek-tahy] /ˈnɛkˌtaɪ/
a band of decorative fabric worn around the neck, under the collar, and tied in front to hang down the front of a shirt or to form a small bow.
any band, scarf, or tie fastened at the front of the neck.
Slang. a hangman's rope.
Origin of necktie
1830-40; neck + tie
Related forms
necktieless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for necktie
  • His necktie was drawn into a loose know, or hung free, with serpentine ends coiled away somewhere in his clothing.
  • He does not deny himself the pleasure of a gaudy necktie now and then.
  • He had a red necktie and waistcoat, and a couple of his teeth were missing.
  • Cutler's necktie and pocket handkerchief often match.
  • The central incident here-the necktie, the accusation of trafficking-came from her.
  • Or tie her around your neck with a self-portrait necktie.
  • Close your mouth and secure the jaw with a necktie, towel, or scarf tied around your head and chin.
  • The dress uniform consists of a dark blue polyester blazer, a necktie, and a white shirt.
  • The governor's trim gray suit is seen against a deep maroon curtain, and his necktie repeats the color of the background.
  • He had been strangled with a necktie tied neatly in a square knot.
British Dictionary definitions for necktie


the US name for tie (sense 11)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for necktie

1838, from neck (n.) + tie (n.). American English slang necktie party "a lynching" is recorded from 1871.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for necktie



The noose used in a hanging: They'll put a necktie on you (1871+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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