from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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


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  • "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

  • See steinkirk.

    September 28, 2011