verb \ˈkilt\

Definition of KILT

transitive verb
chiefly dialect :  to tuck up (as a skirt)
:  to equip with a kilt
intransitive verb
:  to move nimbly

Origin of KILT

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse kjalta lap, fold of a gathered skirt
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with KILT



: a type of skirt traditionally worn by men in Scotland

: a woman's skirt that resembles a Scottish kilt

Full Definition of KILT

:  a knee-length pleated skirt usually of tartan worn by men in Scotland and by Scottish regiments in the British armies
:  a garment that resembles a Scottish kilt

First Known Use of KILT

circa 1730


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Knee-length, skirtlike garment worn by men as part of the traditional national garb, or Highland dress, of Scotland. It is made of permanently pleated wool and wrapped around the wearer's waist so that the pleats are in the back and the flat ends overlap in front. It is usually worn with the plaid, a rectangular length of cloth draped over the left shoulder. Both kilt and plaid are woven with a tartan pattern. The ensemble, which developed in the 17th century, is worn for ordinary purposes as well as for special occasions. Highland dress is the uniform of Scottish regiments in the British army; kilts were worn into battle as recently as World War II.


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