cra·​vat krə-ˈvat How to pronounce cravat (audio)
: a band or scarf worn around the neck

Examples of cravat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But this show is not just about a fabulously gifted painter making hay with the shapes and colors of silk dresses, hunting attire, hats and cravats. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 Like The Good Wife before it, The Gilded Age is a veritable who’s who of great New York theater actors: Tony nominees in bustles and cravats as far as the eye can see. Phillip MacIak, The New Republic, 1 Nov. 2023 Throughout the years, shirting and knot styles evolved around the growing variety of cravats, bandanas, and scarves. Naomi Rougeau, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2023 Wearing custom Atelier Versace consisting of a pleated tux, leather gloves and cravat (with jewelry by T+C Goutal, Jacob & Co. and Vacheron Constantin), Simu Liu is serving looks. Alex Apatoff, Peoplemag, 2 May 2023 Details such as high and low collars, frills or lace on shirts, and diverse bonnets and cravats are small touches that differentiate each sitter along with their features. Samantha Baskind, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Apr. 2023 Her neighbor, a personal chef, lent her his cooking outfit, complete with jacket and cravat. Coralie Kraft, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2023 They’re intentionally shaped like a cravat— the 17th century necktie worn by Croatian mercenaries during the Thirty Years’ War. cleveland, 10 Dec. 2022 There are the final touches: a silky black cravat, also the bandages. CBS News, 13 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


French cravate, from Crabate, Cravate Croatian

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cravat was circa 1656

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“Cravat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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