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: 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


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kilted; kilting; kilts

transitive verb

chiefly dialectal : to tuck up (something, such as a skirt)
: to equip with a kilt

intransitive verb

: to move nimbly

Examples of kilt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Tennant then took to the stage clad in a kilt with Bark Ruffalo in tow. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 18 Feb. 2024 Batiste wore a Versace kilt with pants underneath and a high collared jacket. Leanne Italie, Twin Cities, 4 Feb. 2024 Other bands that have appeared so far include Pipes on Parade, a collection of bagpipers dressed in authentic Highland kilts. NBC News, 1 Jan. 2024 Buyers can then have the fabric made into a kilt or accessory. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 During a little picnic in their yard, Rogers proposed in a kilt to Eckerson. Meredith Newman, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 With the exception of Lady Macbeth, who wears a white formfitting dress, the cast are clad in an austere uniform of gray or black tops — turtlenecks, vests or collarless jackets — with dark kilts and black Chelsea boots. Houman Barekat, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2023 All three men dressed in traditional Scottish kilts for the family photo celebrating the new year. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 2 Jan. 2024 The couple announced their engagement in 2003 and married the following year at Copenhagen Cathedral. Crown Princess Mary's father, John, walked her down the aisle in a Scottish kilt. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 5 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History



Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse kjalta lap, fold of a gathered skirt

First Known Use


circa 1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kilt was in the 14th century

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“Kilt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a knee-length pleated skirt usually of tartan worn by men in Scotland

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