Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A folded cloth worn around the neck as a band or cravat; an article of dress which replaced the ruff and falling band, and formed a marked feature in the-fashionable dress of men in the reign of Louis XIV. Throughout the seventeenth century the ends were commonly of lace and fell over the breast. (See
steinkirk.) Later, and down to about 1820, the neck-cloth was plain and composed of fine white linen.
- n. An ornamental white cravat.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A piece of any fabric worn around the neck.
- n. an ornamental white cravat
“Écossais of a very large and decided check pattern, his orange satin neckcloth, and his jean-boots, with tips of shiny leather, — these, with a gold embroidered cap, and a richly-gilt cane, or other varieties of ornament of a similar tendency”
“His face grows purple, then pale, and he struggles with his neckcloth, which is choking him.”
“a high-standing collar with points, and what was called a neckcloth of black silk with dark-blue brocaded figures running over it, and a handsome brocaded-velvet vest, double-breasted, the fashion of the times, with gilt buttons that looked as if they were set with diamonds, they sparkled so.”
“In his book "Gentlemen: A Timeless Fashion," Bernhard Roetzel says bow ties descended from the neckcloth—a square cloth folded into a triangle and then tied into a bow, which men wore until the late 19th century.”
“Yet here he was, dressed in formal tails and a silky white waistcoat and neckcloth, prepared to endure what could only be an interminable evening, all because Keira Hannigan had aggravated him once again.”
“Declan removed his coat and neckcloth, and unbuttoned his waistcoat.”
“His fine-boned hand—Declan supposed it never lifted anything heavier than a pencil—fluttered to his neckcloth as he cleared his throat.”
““The opening bid, gentlemen, is ten pounds,” the auctioneer announced, and almost instantly, a young buck with a very foppish knot in his neckcloth and shiny new boots tipped his hat.”
“He eyed the old man, his tattered coat and worn trousers, his grimy neckcloth.”
“He tied his neckcloth, combed his fingers through his hair, and pulled on his Hessian boots.”
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