[ durn-dl ]
/ ˈdɜrn dl /


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

Nearby words

  1. diriment impediment,
  2. dirk,
  3. dirksen,
  4. dirksen, everett mckinley,
  5. dirl,
  6. dirofilaria,
  7. dirt,
  8. dirt bag,
  9. dirt bike,
  10. dirt cheap

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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British Dictionary definitions for dirndl


/ (ˈdɜːndəl) /


a woman's dress with a full gathered skirt and fitted bodice; originating from Tyrolean peasant wear
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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