American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Archaic A man's knee-length tunic or coat.
- n. Archaic A woman's dress or skirt.
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.
- n. A knee-length tunic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A garment varying in form and use at different times, and worn both by men and women.
- n. a garment resembling a tunic that was worn by men in the Middle Ages
- n. a long dress worn by women
- Cognate with Old Norse kyrtill ( whence Danish kjortel and Icelandic kyrtill). Compare German Kittel. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
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“[356-8] The kirtle was a dress-skirt or outer petticoat.”
“Around his waist was a kind of kirtle, the skin of some animal.”
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“He made short work of her kirtle, baring her body to his greedy gaze.”
“She removed her swords and cloak, revealing her strange garments—an armored vest of stiffened leather over a fine linen blouse and a kirtle so short that her thighs were visible above her high boots.”
“She shrugged from it, then stepped from her kirtle, leaving her garbed in only her blouse.”
“Before that, any colour would do and a wedding was a good excuse to get yourself a new kirtle.”
“Her nails bit into my skin, even through the thickness of gown and kirtle.”
“The gown Mags had found for her was more of a kirtle.”
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