\ ˈdərn-dᵊl How to pronounce dirndl (audio) \

Definition of dirndl

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

Examples of dirndl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her very first costume in 2000 was a goth dirndl queen. Nadja Sayej, The Hollywood Reporter, "Heidi Klum Debuts Elaborate Alien Costume at 20th Annual Halloween Party," 1 Nov. 2019 When Gabalier dropped to the stage floor at the end of the song, streamers in the color of the Austrian flag shot into the audience, and thousands of dirndl and lederhosen wearers cheered. Thomas Rogers, New York Times, "Rocking Out in Lederhosen, With a Hint of Populism," 10 Sep. 2019 Don’t expect smiles or chitchat from the busy and busty dirndl-wearing waitresses, but do expect plates piled with roast pork belly, crispy schnitzels, potato pancakes, and sauerkraut. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect Long Weekend in Bavaria," 17 Sep. 2018 The attire the female students wear is a dirndl, which includes the dress and the apron. Julie Cornell, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands High School German Dance Team wins state title," 9 Mar. 2018 In addition to the two outfit request on the day, guests were also asked to deck themselves out in traditional Austrian attire for the dirndl and lederhosen rehearsal dinner the night before. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Why Pippa Middleton's Guests Have to Bring Two Outfits to Her Wedding," 19 May 2017 The gown was also based on 18th-century, Marie Antoinette-esque gathered-skirt taffeta gowns...and Austrian dirndl-style cleavage corsets. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen of the Desert: Henrietta Tiefenthaler & Oli Wennink's Wedding in Morocco," 11 Apr. 2018 In a woodsy dining room rich with the aroma of roasting meat, servers in festive dirndl dresses offered the hungry hunters and fans of hunting an abundance of appetizers. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "Bear, boar, pickerel and politics on N.J. 'Wild Game Night' menu | Kevin Riordan," 10 Apr. 2018 Dressed in a traditional dirndl, Van leads the way, guiding Earn into the hall for the grand festivities. Lauren Alvarez, Billboard, "'Atlanta' Episode 4 Recap: The Fate of Earn and Van Explored in 'Helen'," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dirndl

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dirndl

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

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“Dirndl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirndl. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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