[ kur-tl ]
/ ˈkɜr tl /


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

Origin of kirtle

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

Related forms

kir·tled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kirtle


/ (ˈkɜːtəl) /

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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