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Definition of kilt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


kilted; kilting; kilts

Definition of kilt (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to move nimbly

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Please note that the optional private kilt fitting session is at an additional cost. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 That notion shouldn’t be so alien: As far back as the 17th century Scottish men fought and frolicked in wool kilts. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Odell Beckham Jr. Wore a Man-Skirt. So I Did, Too," 24 June 2019 Tour the castle and take in far-reaching views of the city from the ramparts; then enjoy a free afternoon to explore historic landmarks, or opt to visit a local kilt-maker for a private fitting. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 No two holes feel the same on this course that offers plenty of elevation and gorgeous rugged bunkering that inspire your secret wish to wear a kilt. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Top 10 metro Detroit public golf courses for 2019 unveiled," 7 June 2019 Scottish-American actor Alan Cumming attended the Met Gala in 2001 and celebrated his heritage by wearing a traditional kilt and knee-high boots. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and More Met Gala Guests Who’ve Already Mastered Camp on The Red Carpet," 24 Apr. 2019 The collection features double-breasted jackets, trousers, silk shirts, kilts, a beret, tights and pins — all in Westwood’s iconic designs, reimagined in Burberry’s vintage check pattern. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Moss Stars in Vivienne Westwood's and Burberry's Collab Campaign," 6 Dec. 2018 Drew rocked a Claymore Imports kilt, honoring his Scottish heritage, later changing into a tuxedo for the reception. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Property Brothers Star Drew Scott's Wedding Looks Like It Was Ripped From A Fairytale," 14 May 2018 People reports that Drew and his groomsmen wore kilts designed by Claymore Imports. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everything You Should Know About Property Brother Drew Scott and Linda Phan's Wedding," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of kilt


circa 1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for kilt


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

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English Language Learners Definition of kilt

: a type of skirt traditionally worn by men in Scotland
: a woman's skirt that resembles a Scottish kilt


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Kids Definition of kilt

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

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