Definition of cravat in English:

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Pronunciation: /krəˈvat/


1A short, wide strip of fabric worn by men round the neck and tucked inside an open-necked shirt.
Example sentences
  • The bridegroom is able to hire his choice of morning suit or dinner suit, tuxedo, shirt and cravat or bow tie.
  • He was wearing a black coat and trousers with a snow white shirt, a blue cravat that matched his eyes perfectly, and also the monocle.
  • Truly he was a vision of charm in his navy jacket, cream-colored dress shirt, black cravat, and brown trousers.
1.1 historical A tie.
Example sentences
  • She wore her Hashomer Hatzair uniform and cravat.
  • During my degree, I had to attend a series of lectures by one of my favourite tutors (nice cravat, that man) in which he explained in painful detail the minutiae of humour, and the parts of the brain it affected.
  • Thomas was exiting his carriage and looked extremely well in a well-tailored evening jacket, cravat, breeches, and boots so polished it was likely he could see himself in them.



Pronunciation: /krəˈvatɪd/
Example sentences
  • A handsome, mustachioed and cravatted man, he could have become a dandy, if he had not been so conscientious.
  • Typified by this spatted and cravatted get-up, Luke proved to be a pleasingly quirky support act who added extra depth to the night.
  • Elegantly silk-hatted, spatted and cravatted, he was this city's most famous glass of fashion and mold of form, as well as its most persuasive orator and most original character.


Mid 17th century: from French cravate, from Cravate 'Croat' (from German Krabat, from Serbian and Croatian Hrvat), because of the scarf worn by Croatian mercenaries in France.

  • The term cravat comes from the French word Cravate, meaning ‘Croat’. Croatian mercenaries in the French army during the 17th century wore a linen scarf round their necks, which subsequently became fashionable among the French population at large.

Words that rhyme with cravat

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