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  • n. Plural form of kirtle.


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  • Men of high degree clothed themselves in flowing robes, and women of humble walk in life in short kirtles; whilst the tunic was worn by boys and girls alike, though there was a difference in the manner of the wearing, and it was discarded by the girl in favour of a longer robe or sweeping supertunic with the approach of womanhood.

    In the Days of Chivalry

  • Yet see, my blanching kissabelle, in the under close she is allso gay, her kirtles green, her curtsies white, her peony pears, her nistlingsloes!

    Finnegans Wake

  • And their prunktqueen kilt her kirtles up and set out.

    Finnegans Wake

  • The castle harkened back to another time, when women dressed in kirtles and the men braided their beards and fed mutton to the hounds whining at their feet.

    The Highlander’s Stolen Bride

  • Their bracelets and anklets of jewels were tinkling; their middles covered with short kirtles of woven cloth studded with the sparkling ornaments.

    The Moon Pool

  • Now about the tables passed other dusky-haired maids, fair bosoms bare, their scanty kirtles looped high, pouring out the wines for the feasters.

    The Moon Pool

  • Janet — “not that I may go with gayer apparel, but that we may both wear our kirtles over lighter hearts.”


  • They wore short kirtles; there were short swords in their girdles and they carried javelins in their hands; unlike the others, their breasts were covered.

    Dwellers in the Mirage

  • At that same moment Halvor entered, and the girls were so astonished that they left their kirtles lying in the chimney corner, and ran away in nothing but their petticoats.

    The Red Fairy Book

  • In ecstasy warriors clashed their notched swords on their riven shields, and the people of the town, ragged beggars and rich merchants, harlots in red kirtles and dames in silks and satins, fell to their knees and cried out for joy to Mitra, tears of gratitude streaming down their faces.

    The Coming Of Conan The Cimmerian


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