Definition of cravat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cravat

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//krəˈvæt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//krəˈvæt//
 
(North American English also ascot) Accessories
 
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a short wide strip of silk, etc. worn by men around the neck, folded inside the collar of a shirt See related entries: Accessories Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from French cravate, from Cravate ‘Croat’ (from German Krabat, from Serbo-Croat Hrvat), because of the scarf worn by Croatian mercenaries in France.
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