Definition of cravat in English:

cravat

noun

  • 1A short, wide strip of fabric worn by men round the neck and tucked inside an open-necked shirt.

    • ‘He wore a rich brick-red winter coat over a Persil-white shirt and cravat.’
    • ‘He was wearing a charcoal grey suit over a burgundy shirt with matching cravat.’
    • ‘He was dressed in black breeches, a white loose shirt and cravat, and a long black jacket.’
    • ‘He wears a beige Stetson hat, a black cravat and a black suit with white piping.’
    • ‘Aimed at the banking community, this consumer advice show charts all that's new in the world of waistcoats, cravats, handkerchiefs and pocket watches.’
    • ‘His snowy white shirt was topped by a burgundy waistcoat which, amazingly enough, matched her gown almost perfectly, and he wore a black cravat around his neck.’
    • ‘The bridegroom is able to hire his choice of morning suit or dinner suit, tuxedo, shirt and cravat or bow tie.’
    • ‘I watched in disgust as he began to untie his cravat and removed it from around his neck.’
    • ‘After putting on a white shirt and navy blue cravat, he felt somewhat armored against what ever might transpire in the future.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Colourful silk waistcoats and cravats are taking over.’
    • ‘Who wears a trilby, a cravat and an old raincoat around these parts?’
    • ‘He was dressed up in a tuxedo, and you could see a white shirt, and white cravat sticking out of the front of it.’
    • ‘Steve Martin, incidentally, isn't wearing a bow-tie but is wearing a proper formal cravat as opposed to a black necktie out of the sock drawer.’
    • ‘There's a dapper old gent with a blazer and a cravat sitting two seats head of me.’
    • ‘He murmured, tucking his chin into his cravat sulkily.’
    • ‘Truly he was a vision of charm in his navy jacket, cream-colored dress shirt, black cravat, and brown trousers.’
    • ‘The emperor's jacket was unbuttoned, his lace cravat untied, and his crown of golden leaves sitting crooked atop uncombed dark hair.’
    • ‘He was dressed elegantly in severe black evening wear, crisply white starched shirt and intricately tied cravat.’
    • ‘The young man's black hair is parted in the middle, he sports a moustache and sideburns, and wears a large black cravat under a wide wing collar.’
    1. 1.1historical A tie.
      • ‘We went back to the hotel; I was still dressed as Oscar Wilde - full make-up, big black wig and Edwardian clothes, boots, silk cravat, a silver-tipped cane.’
      • ‘I just hope he can get regal enough to pull off wearing a 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.’
      • ‘He dressed himself impeccably, and tied his cravat with a flourish.’
      • ‘She wore her Hashomer Hatzair uniform and cravat.’
      • ‘These days, moustache and cravat are optional, but highly recommended.’
      • ‘He was wearing tight tan pants with a plain white cravat and he had his matching tan coat swung over the back of the chair.’
      • ‘With nimble fingers made steady by her own inward resolve, she tied the cravat.’
      • ‘I can't imagine there were many 10 year old cravat wearing ‘southerners’ in the area at the time.’
      • ‘Arthur Robart was a tough old man with a little white beard, a brightly colored cravat, and a very intelligent expression.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now if we can only get Fred to ditch that stupid cravat.’
      • ‘The girl rubbed her face on his immaculately tied cravat.’
      • ‘In no time at all, he was dressed in form-fitting fawn-coloured breeches, a white linen shirt and a black riding coat, and ignored the black silk cravat Vincent laid out for him.’
      • ‘You'd be hard pressed to buy any decent Heidelberg school paintings in Australia let alone getting into the serious, cravat wearing Impressionist buyer's scene.’
      • ‘The camera captures Rico's observant nature as he gazes in envy at a mob leader's jeweled cravat, diamond pinky ring, and stock of fine cigars.’
      • ‘Ken was dressed in the latest Carnaby Street fashions: intricately patterned salmon-pink jacket, cream slacks, and a matching cream cravat, in lurex.’
      • ‘Nick sighed again and gave up on tying his cravat and focused on his baby sister.’
      • ‘A muscle in his jaw was working as he slightly loosened his cravat and sent her a perplexed glance.’
      • ‘Tight fitting pinstripe suits are worn with pastel shirts in pink and blue and are finished off with cravats or wide ties.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

cravat

/krəˈvat/