A cravat is an old-fashioned, scarf-like necktie. If you come across some 18th-century portraits of wealthy men, you'll definitely see a few cravats.

You can think of the cravat as the ancestor of the tie that's often worn with a formal suit today. A cravat is basically a short scarf worn around the neck and tucked into the collar of a shirt. The word cravat comes from the French Cravate, "Croat" or "Croatian." And it was Croatian soldiers who first started the cravat craze in France during the 1630s. Croatia still observes a national Cravat Day every year on October 18th.

Definitions of cravat
  1. noun
    neckwear worn in a slipknot with long ends overlapping vertically in front
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    a cravat with wide square ends; secured with an ornamental pin
    neckcloth, stock
    an ornamental white cravat
    type of:
    articles of clothing worn about the neck
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