From French cravate, an appellative use of Cravate (“Croat”), from Dutch Krawaat, from German Krawatte, from Serbo-Croatian Hr̀vāt/Хр̀ва̄т (“Croat”). The cravat is regarded as originating from a linen scarf worn by Croatian mercenaries which was adopted into French fashion in the 17th century.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kɹəˈvat/
- (General American) IPA(key): /kɹəˈvæt/
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- Hyphenation: cra‧vat
cravat (plural cravats)
- A wide fabric band worn as a necktie by men having long ends hanging in front.
- 1906, Stanley J[ohn] Weyman, “The Dissolution”, in Chippinge Borough, New York, N.Y.: McClure, Phillips & Co., OCLC 580270828, page 3:
- It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd's plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
- (historical) A decorative fabric band or scarf worn around the neck by women.
- (surgery) A bandage resembling a cravat, particularly a triangular bandage folded into a strip.
- cravatted (adjective)
- (transitive, rare) To adorn with a cravat; to tie a cravat, or something resembling a cravat, around the neck.