[ kurch ]
/ kɜrtʃ /


a simple, close-fitting cap worn by women in colonial America.
a kerchief worn by Scottish women.

Nearby words

  1. curb tenotomy,
  2. curb weight,
  3. curbing,
  4. curbside,
  5. curbstone,
  6. curculio,
  7. curcuma,
  8. curcumin,
  9. curd,
  10. curd cheese

Origin of curch

1400–50; late Middle English kerche, c(o)urche, back formation from courche(i)s (plural) < Middle French couvrech(i)es, plural of couvrechef kerchief; the final e of the singular form, orig. long, was later lost Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for curch

  • Some of these good women generally 'busk the bride's first curch.'

    Discipline|Mary Brunton
  • A ribbon worn by Scotch lassies and upon marriage replaced by the matron's "curch" or cap.

    Lady of the Lake|Sir Walter Scott
  • Curch, which is etymologically the same word, and means a covering for the head.

    The Lady of the Lake|Sir Walter Scott
  • It is then covered with the curch; a square piece of linen doubled diagonally, and passed round the head close to the forehead.

    Discipline|Mary Brunton

British Dictionary definitions for curch


/ (kɜːtʃ) /


a woman's plain cap or kerchiefAlso called: curchef

Word Origin for curch

C15: probably back formation from courcheis (plural), from Old French couvrechies, plural of couvrechef kerchief

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