- a woman's loose gown, worn in the Middle Ages.
- Obsolete. a man's tunic.
Origin of kirtle
Examples from the Web for kirtle
She put her hand to her kirtle and gripped the knife at her side.Eric Brighteyes
H. Rider Haggard
The kirtle or petticoat is in reality a development of the tunic.Chats on Costume
G. Woolliscroft Rhead
When the corslet was unclasped, the arrow had only to be pulled out of the belt and kirtle.The World of Homer
And I am weary withal, and this kirtle is light and easy to me.The Roots of the Mountains
He sheareth a deal from his kirtle meet, To make her sandals for her feet.Poems by the Way
- a woman's skirt or dress
- a man's coat
Word Origin and History for kirtle
"a man's tunic; a woman's skirt," Old English cyrtel, related to Old Norse kyrtill "tunic;" both regarded as probably from Latin curtus "short" (see curt) + diminutive suffix -el.