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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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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 Timothy Reid of Parkville wore something of a neo-kilt, a black number with interchangeable side pockets. David Frese, kansascity, "Oh, the things you’ll see on St. Patrick’s Day in Kansas City | The Kansas City Star," 17 Mar. 2018 Monday’s parade had flags, kilts, Colonial costumes and a Marine Corps marching band. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "A holiday weekend with Honest Abe, parades and snow," 19 Feb. 2018 As a nod to Thompson’s Scottish heritage, his mother made hats for all four of Brown’s mothers, while the groom and Brown’s father Kody both father wore kilts. Natalie Stone,, "Sister Wives' Aspyn Brown and Mitch Thompson Honeymoon in Europe — See the Newlyweds' Photos!," 6 July 2018 At the Scottish Festival & Highland Games in suburban Itasca this weekend, there’s whiskey-tasting, haggis-hurling and men in kilts aplenty. Robert Mccoppin,, "Want to be a Scottish lord or lady? Opportunity beckons at suburban festival, where 'titles' will be sold," 16 June 2018 At the parade, Ovechkin hoisted the Cup to display to the delirious from the top of an open-topped double-decker bus, two of which carried the team down the route with an escort of motorcycle police and kilt-wearing bagpipers. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Washington celebrates the Capitals first Stanley Cup with a victory parade and rally," 12 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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