: a dress style with tight bodice, short sleeves, low neck, and gathered skirt
: a full skirt with a tight waistband

Examples of dirndl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And her skirt was usually broadcloth, either a wrap or a dirndl, and also very traditional. Jaden Thompson, Variety, 6 Dec. 2023 Klum made the dirndl (a traditional German dress) fit for a supermodel by creating the look in patent leather. Genevieve Cepeda, Peoplemag, 9 Oct. 2023 Put on your dirndl or lederhosen and pack chairs and sunshades. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2023 Petite but long-legged, Parker pulled off even Patricia Field’s most iconoclastic costuming choices: a miniskirt with a bunny tail, an Alpine dirndl, a belt wrapped around a bare midriff. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 19 June 2023 Frederick’s long-running Oktoberfest nods to the area’s German heritage — the local Historical Society runs a booth that teaches visitors how to explore their German roots and traditions, and anyone wearing authentic Bavarian lederhosen or a dirndl enters free. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2022 Put on your dirndl and lederhosen, grab your Wiener dog and head over to Fountain Park for Oktoberfest celebrations with community tables, Wiener dog races, stein holding contests, kids’ activities and German foods like pretzels, hotdogs, sauerkraut, schnitzel and strudel. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 17 Sep. 2022 For a screening of her new film Boston Strangler, Knightley wore a black taffeta dirndl dress from Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood’s spring 2023 collection, featuring delicate sequin embellishment and a recycled jacquard lining. Emily Chan, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2023 Many Wurstfest fans will wear lederhosen or a dirndl, but the biggest factor to keep in mind is comfort. Kyle Mahnke, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


short for German Dirndlkleid, from German dialect Dirndl girl + German Kleid dress

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dirndl was in 1937

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“Dirndl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirndl. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a full skirt with a tight waistband

a shortened form of German Dirndlkleid, literally, "girl's dress," from Dirndl "girl" and Kleid "dress"

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