Archaic. wearing a short frock: a curtal friar.
Obsolete. brief; curtailed.
a 16th-century bassoon.
Obsolete. an animal with a docked tail.
Origin of curtal
< Middle French,
equivalent to court
short (see curt
) + -ault,
variant of -ald
noun suffix; see ribald
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Examples from the Web for curtal
Historical Examples of curtal
Now I may go in and out as I will, being a curtal friar and not now remembered in these parts.
Curtal, kur′tal, n. a horse with a curt or docked tail: anything docked or cut short.
Item, double trottynge hors, called a curtal, for his lordship to ryde on out of townes.
Curtal is a small horse; properly one who hath his tail docked or curtailed.
"I am but a poor anchorite, a curtal friar," replied the other, pushing out for his side of the river.
British Dictionary definitions for curtal
(of friars) wearing a short frock
an animal whose tail has been docked
something that is cut short
Word Origin for curtal
C16: from Old French courtault animal whose tail has been docked, from court short, from Latin curtus; see curt
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