Definition of kirtle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəːt(ə)l/


1A woman’s gown or outer petticoat.
Example sentences
  • The Virgin invariably wears a dark blue gown, sometimes over a minever kirtle with plain undergarment, to stress her high status.
  • This fabric will be the front of the kirtle with the red linen serving as lining and body of dress.
  • Very striking, the balance between the simple solid color of the kirtle and the elegant trim.
1.1A man’s tunic or coat.
Example sentences
  • Men wore hats or caps, a kirtle or knee-length coat, shirt, waistcoat, trousers, woolen stockings, and shoes or high boots.
  • Moira, a 45-year-old checkout manager at the local Safeway store, admits her husband would not have the same pride wearing a kilt as the kirtle, the ornate and authentic Viking costume.
  • The bowmen were dressed in green kirtles, rather shorter than those of the squires, and wore dark woolen hose; they carried their bows and arrows slung across their shoulders.


Old English cyrtel, of Germanic origin, probably based on Latin curtus 'short'.

Words that rhyme with kirtle

hurtle, myrtle, turtle

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: kir¦tle

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