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dirndl Syllabification: dirn·dl
Pronunciation: /ˈdərndl/

Definition of dirndl in English:


1 (also dirndl skirt) A full, wide skirt with a tight waistband.
Example sentences
  • By the time you reach your mid-30s you may no longer want to sparkle out in a patterned dirndl skirt, leggings and off-the-shoulder top.
  • Mrs Anton arrived in a ruffly blouse and ribbon-trimmed dirndl skirt that made her look greyer than ever, and Michael wore a pinchy suit that might have been his father's.
  • The fifties story continues too with brightly coloured boxy jackets, pretty frocks, knife pleat dresses and printed dirndl skirt dominating the summer scene.
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2A woman’s dress in the style of Alpine peasant costume, with a full skirt and a close-fitting bodice.
Example sentences
  • The German population didn't like this move, and they showed it by wearing national costumes, like lederhosen and dirndls.
  • She even admits to wearing dirndl, a traditional Bavarian costume with an embroidered bodice and a homely apron.
  • While costumes such as kimono, dirndl and military uniforms are understood as national costumes, my definition of costumes in the cultural mapping process is much broader.


1930s: from south German dialect, diminutive of Dirne 'girl'.

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