from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of neckcloth worn in a loose and disorderly fashion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name brought into fashion, after the battle of Steenkirk, for several articles, especially of dress, as wigs, buckles, large neckties, and powder; especially, a cravat of fine lace, loosely and negligently knotted, with long hanging ends, one of which was often passed through a buttonhole.


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  • See steinkirk.

    September 28, 2011

  • "A muslin neckcloth carelessly put on, from the manner in which the French officers wore their cravats when they returned from the battle of Steenkirk."

    - Francis Grose, 'The Vulgar Tongue'.

    September 11, 2008