as·​cot | \ ˈas-kət , -ˌkät \

Definition of ascot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a broad neck scarf that is looped under the chin


geographical name
As·​cot | \ ˈa-skət \

Definition of Ascot (Entry 2 of 2)

village in southern England in Berkshire southwest of London

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Just because the event is called the Royal Ascot doesn't mean attendees have to wear an ascot-style hat. Marci Robin, Allure, "The 30 Best Fascinators and Hats Worn by Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall," 6 Aug. 2018 Getty Images Meghan's outfit was slightly different than Kate Middleton's first royal ascot look in 2016. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's 2018 Royal Ascot Dress Is So Different From Kate Middleton's in 2016," 19 June 2018 There, men were required to wear an ascot tie with a tailcoat jacket. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "WATCH: 9 Words You Need to Know Before the Royal Wedding," 9 May 2018 Competitors are obligated to wear something around their neck — a scarf, a tie, an ascot, something — the idea being that homeowners along the alley are less likely to call police if the people lurking in the alley are dressed snappily. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Those athletic Isenbargers: A Rose Bowl, an NCAA championship, and now a Linear Bocce title," 7 May 2018 Everybody needs to come attired in some neckwear, too, like a tie, or an ascot, or a scarf or whatever. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Fun new sport requires no skill: Sign up for May 5 Linear Bocce tourney in Indianapolis," 12 Apr. 2018 And is there not something enchanting about a cook who wears French cuffs and an ascot? Christopher Kimball, WSJ, "‘The Graham Kerr Cookbook’ Review: Treating Life as a Feast," 4 May 2018 Mallmann is there, wearing a beret, an ascot, a pink oxford shirt, eyeglasses with red frames, and a gold corduroy blazer with an orange pocket square. João Canziani, Esquire, "Is Francis Mallmann the Most Interesting Chef in the World?," 22 Jan. 2018 And that trim physique shown off in houndstooth check jackets and ascots back in the 1960s has softened somewhat under a scarlet sweater vest. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Rex Reed Bangs a Gong on the Mediocrity of Modern Life," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of ascot


1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ascot


Ascot Heath, racetrack near Ascot, England

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The first known use of ascot was in 1894

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English Language Learners Definition of ascot

chiefly US : a thin scarf worn by men that is folded into a loop under the chin

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