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kilted

[kil-tid] /ˈkɪl tɪd/
adjective
1.
wearing a kilt.
2.
gathered in pleats; pleated.
Origin of kilted
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10; kilt + -ed3

kilt

[kilt] /kɪlt/
noun
1.
any short, pleated skirt, especially a tartan wraparound, as that worn by men in the Scottish Highlands.
verb (used with object)
2.
to draw or tuck up, as the skirt, about oneself.
3.
to provide (a skirt) with kilt pleats.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English kylte, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish kilte to tuck up
Related forms
kiltlike, adjective
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  • Joe had been able to take immediate delivery of one kilted uniform.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • She forgot the bonfire, remembering her father's hat and her kilted skirts.

    Country Neighbors

    Alice Brown
  • On the label of the bottle was a kilted Highlander playing on the pipes.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • Breacan an Fheilidh (brayken an aylie), the belted or kilted plaid.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • There was a piper on the way, tall and kilted in the tartan of the MacGregor.

    The Spell of Scotland

    Keith Clark
  • Then up rose the younger Campbell all booted and kilted for the fray.

  • They were kilted corps, probably the Argylls and the London Scottish.

    The Invasion

    William Le Queux
  • But they say that he kilted his petticoats and charged with the regiment.

    A Tatter of Scarlet S. R. Crockett
  • Brown kilted skirt and box coat, brown furs and brown gloves.

    Three Little Women

    Gabrielle E. Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for kilted

kilt

/kɪlt/
noun
1.
a knee-length pleated skirt-like garment, esp one in tartan, as worn by men in Highland dress
verb (transitive)
2.
to tuck (a skirt) up around one's body
3.
to put pleats in (cloth, a skirt, etc)
Derived Forms
kilted, adjective
kiltlike, adjective
Word Origin
C18: of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish kilte to tuck up, Old Swedish kilta lap
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Word Origin and History for kilted

kilt

n.

"plaited tartan skirt," c.1730, from Middle English verb kilten "to tuck up" (mid-14c.), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish kilte op "to tuck up;" Old Norse kilting "shirt," kjalta "fold made by gathering up to the knees").

kilt

v.

"to tuck up," mid-14c., of Scandinavian origin; cf. Danish kilte, Swedish kilta "to tuck up;" see kilt (n.). Related: Kilted; kilting.

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