[ kilt ]
/ kɪlt /


any short, pleated skirt, especially a tartan wraparound, as that worn by men in the Scottish Highlands.

verb (used with object)

to draw or tuck up, as the skirt, about oneself.
to provide (a skirt) with kilt pleats.

Origin of kilt

1300–50; Middle English kylte, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish kilte to tuck up
Related formskilt·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kilt


/ (kɪlt) /


a knee-length pleated skirt-like garment, esp one in tartan, as worn by men in Highland dress

verb (tr)

to tuck (a skirt) up around one's body
to put pleats in (cloth, a skirt, etc)
Derived Formskilted, adjectivekiltlike, adjective

Word Origin for kilt

C18: of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish kilte to tuck up, Old Swedish kilta lap
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