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kilting

[kil-ting]
noun
  1. an arrangement of kilt pleats.
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Origin of kilting

First recorded in 1515–25; kilt + -ing1

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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British Dictionary definitions for kilting

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 kilting

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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