EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRAVAT
Mr Vladimir, arranging his cravat, observed him in the glass over the mantelpiece.
Change that cravat for this of mine, that coat for this of mine.
He loosened his cravat, unfastened his waistcoat, and felt for the beating of his heart.
His cravat had been tied many times and needed it once more.
He had promised me faithfully not to fumble with his cravat, and evidently he had not once stirred.
He poured half a phial over his cravat, his pocket-handkerchief, his sleeves.
His frock-coat, cravat and waistcoat were invariably of black.
Drayton stepped up to this table to fix the cravat by the glass.
So I went back to the bed and tied the heavy handkerchief at my back by my cravat.
And as I said this, I untied my cravat, and appeared to prepare for the headsman.
1650s, from French cravate (17c.), from Cravate "Croatian," from German Krabate, from Serbo-Croatian Hrvat "a Croat" (see Croat). Cravats came into fashion 1650s in imitation of linen scarves worn by Croatian mercenaries in the French army in the Thirty Years War.