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kilted

[kil-tid]
adjective
  1. wearing a kilt.
  2. gathered in pleats; pleated.
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Origin of kilted

First recorded in 1800–10; kilt + -ed3

kilt

[kilt]
noun
  1. any short, pleated skirt, especially a tartan wraparound, as that worn by men in the Scottish Highlands.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to draw or tuck up, as the skirt, about oneself.
  2. to provide (a skirt) with kilt pleats.
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Origin of kilt

1300–50; Middle English kylte, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish kilte to tuck up
Related formskilt·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for kilted

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Historical Examples

  • Joe had been able to take immediate delivery of one kilted uniform.

    Mercenary

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • She forgot the bonfire, remembering her father's hat and her kilted skirts.

  • On the label of the bottle was a kilted Highlander playing on the pipes.

    The Dust Flower

    Basil King

  • Breacan an Fheilidh (brayken an aylie), the belted or kilted plaid.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire

    John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot

  • There was a piper on the way, tall and kilted in the tartan of the MacGregor.


British Dictionary definitions for kilted

kilt

noun
  1. a knee-length pleated skirt-like garment, esp one in tartan, as worn by men in Highland dress
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verb (tr)
  1. to tuck (a skirt) up around one's body
  2. to put pleats in (cloth, a skirt, etc)
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Derived Formskilted, adjectivekiltlike, adjective

Word Origin

C18: of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish kilte to tuck up, Old Swedish kilta lap
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Word Origin and History for kilted

kilt

n.

"plaited tartan skirt," c.1730, from Middle English verb kilten "to tuck up" (mid-14c.), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish kilte op "to tuck up;" Old Norse kilting "shirt," kjalta "fold made by gathering up to the knees").

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kilt

v.

"to tuck up," mid-14c., of Scandinavian origin; cf. Danish kilte, Swedish kilta "to tuck up;" see kilt (n.). Related: Kilted; kilting.

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