cra·​vat | \ krə-ˈvat How to pronounce cravat (audio) \

Definition of cravat

1 : a band or scarf worn around the neck
2 : necktie

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Clad in black tails and a cravat, Felder begins with a rendition of a simple polonaise — a traditional form of Polish dance music — that Chopin wrote at age 7. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Hershey Felder brings Chopin vividly to life in reprise of solo show about composer’s life and work," 16 Sep. 2019 Spaghetti-thin shoelaces, sturdy hawsers, silk cravats — all are routinely tied in knots. Quanta Magazine, "Could Knots Unravel Mysteries of Fluid Flow?," 9 Dec. 2013 Tie One On Bank on a cravat as your new favorite accessory; wear it in black on white, à la the late Karl Lagerfeld. Vogue, "12 Styling Tips to Try Now—Inspired by Fall Street Style," 28 Mar. 2019 Wolfe, presumably with hands in pockets, has pulled his pale jacket back to reveal the famed vestee, the wide damask tie skewered with a fancy cravat pin, pocket handkerchief fanning open like a magnolia in bloom. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Tom Wolfe: Remembering the Iconic Style of “The Man in the White Suit”," 15 May 2018 Where Freud found meaning in dream images of staircases and cravats, today’s researchers — reflecting a broader trend within psychology — look to neurochemistry and computer science for insights. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "How our dreams made us human," 23 Mar. 2018 Who wasn't wasting precious work time texting and posting pictures of themselves matched to obscure 18th-century portraits of cravat-wearing aristocrats with weird facial hair? The Washington Post,, "How Google created pop culture magic with the art selfie craze," 19 Jan. 2018 In their defense, the pace of change must be dizzying for those stuck in the era of knee-length trousers, ruffled cravats and tweed jackets. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Muirfield’s Mulligan, Allowing Female Members, Is a Grudging Blow to Bigotry," 14 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of cravat

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cravat

French cravate, from Crabate, Cravate Croatian

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English Language Learners Definition of cravat

: a short, wide piece of cloth that is worn around the neck by men with its ends tucked inside the collar of a shirt or sweater


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