noun Etymology: Middle English kirtel, from Old English cyrtel, from Old English *curt short, from Latin curtus mutilated, curtailed — more at shear Date: before 12th century 1. a tunic or coat worn by men especially in the Middle Ages 2. a long gown or dress worn by women

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  • Kirtle —    KIRTLE, lately a quoad sacra parish, formed out of the parishes of Annan, Dornock, and Middlebie, in the county of Dumfries, 2½ miles (S. E. by E.) from Ecclesfechan; and containing above 1000 inhabitants. This district derives its name from… …   A Topographical dictionary of Scotland

  • Kirtle — Kir tle, n. [OE. kirtel, curtel, AS. cyrtel; skin to Icel. kyrtill, Sw. kjortel, Dan. kiortel, kiole.] A garment varying in form and use at different times, and worn both by men and women. [1913 Webster] Wearing her Norman car, and her kirtle of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kirtle — (n.) a man s tunic; a woman s skirt, O.E. cyrtel, related to O.N. kyrtill tunic; both regarded as probably from L. curtus short (see CURT (Cf. curt)) + dim. suffix el …   Etymology dictionary

  • kirtle — [kʉrt′ l] n. [ME kirtel < OE cyrtel (akin to ON kyrtill) < Gmc * kurt , short (< L curtus: see CURT) + el, dim. suffix] Archaic 1. a man s tunic or coat 2. a woman s dress or skirt …   English World dictionary

  • Kirtle — A kirtle is a tunic like garment worn by men and women in the Middle Ages or, later, a one piece garment worn by women from the later Middle Ages into the Baroque period. The kirtle was typically worn over a chemise or smock and under the formal… …   Wikipedia

  • kirtle — see near is my kirtle, but nearer is my smock …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • kirtle — kirtled, adj. /kerr tl/, n. 1. a woman s loose gown, worn in the Middle Ages. 2. Obs. a man s tunic. [bef. 900; ME kirtel, OE cyrtel, appar. equiv. to cyrt(an) to shorten ( L curtus shortened) + el LE] * * * …   Universalium

  • kirtle — noun A knee length tunic …   Wiktionary

  • kirtle — sb. 1167 B. Pol. S. 221 …   Oldest English Words

  • kirtle — n. loose gown worn by women in the Middle Ages …   English contemporary dictionary

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