Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A full-skirted dress with a tight bodice and low neck, that is either sleeveless or has short full sleeves.
  • n. A full skirt with a gathered waistband.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A traditional Alpine women's dress having a tight bodice and full skirt

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a full skirt with a gathered waistband
  • n. a dress with a tight bodice and full skirt

Etymologies

German, short for Dirndlkleid : German dialectal Dirndl, diminutive of Dirne, girl (from Old High German diorna) + Kleid, dress.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German. In the South German dialects (Bairisch), the word originally referred to a young woman or a girl. (Wiktionary)

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