A band of decorative fabric worn around the neck, under the collar, and tied in front to hang down the front of a shirt or to form a small bow.
The modern necktie history has its origin in France. But it is not a French invention but something that the Croatian soldiers used during the Thirty Year War. The word “cravatte”, the neckties precursor originates from the French “la Croate”, meaning “Croat”. It refers to the decorative cloths the Croatian Vallerists had tied around their necks during the 30-year war. This made them easy to identify. Silk neckties were strictly reserved for officers, while the soldiers were satisfied with neckties of simpler materials.