kirtle

[kur-tl]

noun

a woman's loose gown, worn in the Middle Ages.
Obsolete. a man's tunic.

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Nearby words

  1. kirstein,
  2. kirstein, lincoln,
  3. kirsten,
  4. kirtan,
  5. kirtland's warbler,
  6. kiruna,
  7. kirundi,
  8. kiruv,
  9. kisan,
  10. kisangani

Origin of kirtle

before 900; Middle English kirtel, Old English cyrtel, apparently equivalent to cyrt(an) to shorten (≪ Latin curtus shortened) + -el -le

Related formskir·tled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for kirtle

kirtle

noun archaic

a woman's skirt or dress
a man's coat

Word Origin for kirtle

Old English cyrtel, probably from cyrtan to shorten, ultimately from Latin curtus cut short

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Word Origin and History for kirtle

kirtle

n.

"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.

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