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  1. a woman's dress with a close-fitting bodice and full skirt, commonly of colorful and strikingly patterned material, fashioned after Tyrolean peasant wear.
  2. a full, gathered skirt attached to a waistband or hip yoke.
  3. any skirt with gathers at the waistband.

Origin of dirndl

1935–40; < German Dirndl, short for Dirndlkleid, equivalent to Dirndl young woman (orig. Bavarian, Austrian dialect, diminutive of Dirne young woman, Middle High German dierne, Old High German thiorna; akin to thane) + Kleid dress (see cloth)
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Related Words for dirndl

petticoat, dress, kilt, sarong, hoop, mini, dirndl, pannier, midi, culottes, tutu

British Dictionary definitions for dirndl


  1. a woman's dress with a full gathered skirt and fitted bodice; originating from Tyrolean peasant wear
  2. a gathered skirt of this kind

Word Origin for dirndl

German (Bavarian and Austrian): shortened from Dirndlkleid, from Dirndl little girl + Kleid dress
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Word Origin and History for dirndl

1937, from German dialectal diminutive of dirne "girl" (cf. dirndlkleid "peasant dress"), from a diminutive of Middle High German dierne "maid," from Old High German thiorna, which is related to Old English þegn (see thane).

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