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