from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic A man's knee-length tunic or coat.
- n. Archaic A woman's dress or skirt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A knee-length tunic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A garment varying in form and use at different times, and worn both by men and women.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In former use, a garment of which the form and purpose varied at different times.
- n. A tunic or undergarment; a shirt.
- n. A close-fitting gown for women, which sometimes was called a long kirtle and had a train.
- n. A garment like a doublet for men.
- n. A cloak.
- n. A monk's gown. Coat and kirtle are mentioned together in the middle of the seventeenth century as forming a woman's costume: as, a tawny camlet coat and kirtle cost £10 17s. In this case kirtle is evidently the petticoat, or the garment worn under the coat. See half-kirtle, aud full kirtle, below.
- n. An outer petticoat.
- n. A coat or layer of plaster.
- To dispose in the manner of a kirtle.
- n. A quantity of flax, about 100 pounds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a garment resembling a tunic that was worn by men in the Middle Ages
- n. a long dress worn by women
Middle English kirtel, from Old English cyrtel, probably ultimately from Latin curtus, short; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Cognate with Old Norse kyrtill ( whence Danish kjortel and Icelandic kyrtill). Compare German Kittel. (Wiktionary)