Definition of kilt in English:


Syllabification: kilt
Pronunciation: /kilt


A garment resembling a knee-length skirt of pleated tartan cloth, traditionally worn by men as part of Scottish Highland dress and now also worn by women and girls.
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  • The abstract elements of beadwork patterns play a key role in flagging difference - like the tartan kilts of Scottish clans.
  • The venerable Leith-based firm, best known for its Highland dress, kilts and tartans, boosted sales by around £4m from its pool of more than 80 menswear outlets in Japanese department stores last year.
  • In this way, the entire Scottish nation adopted the bogus Highland symbols of kilt and tartan.


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Gather (a garment or material) in vertical pleats: (as adjective kilted) kilted skirts
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  • I looked longingly at my breeches, but picked up the next best thing, one of the long kilted skirts I used for riding.
  • If the Scottish Tourist Board - or whatever daft name they now go under - were to design a mock Highland town full of tartan tat and kilted kitsch for the benefit of tourists, they might very well come up with Inveraray.
  • Over 40' and up to 44' use four yards in a kilted skirt and five yards in a proper.


Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'tuck up around the body'): of Scandinavian origin; compare with Danish kilte (op) 'tuck (up)' and Old Norse kilting 'a skirt'. The noun dates from the mid 18th century.



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  • Tourists are piped on to the train by a young kilted boy on the platform as steam gathers into clouds which float gently overhead.
  • I think Papa's tale involved a fight; perhaps that's where he and his buddies teased some kilted Scotsmen and found out why they were called the ladies from hell.
  • By the time you read this, I will have Stripped the Willow and done the best approximation I can to the Dashing White Sergeant, as I ring out the old century with fellow kilted revellers in St Andrews.

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