\ ˈkilt How to pronounce kilt (audio) \

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

Examples of kilt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the occasion, Jonathan donned a kilt and showed off his bagpipe skills on his Instagram Stories. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 16 June 2022 Sam Wilcoxsen, of Aurora, came to the event wearing his Highland dress, including a kilt and a beret. Giles Bruce, Chicago Tribune, 23 May 2022 Parker's look featured a black and cream tulle dress with lace accents while McQueen completed his ensemble with a tuxedo jacket, red plaid kilt, and black lace-up boots with white knee-high socks., 25 Apr. 2022 The kilt-loving designer has dutifully put a dude in a miniskirt in most, if not all, of his runways since. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 13 July 2021 Of course, the Unipiper was out in the snow, in a kilt, bagpiping, unicycling and shoveling snow. oregonlive, 11 Apr. 2022 Roberts, meanwhile, donned a black tuxedo and red kilt. Vanessa Etienne,, 30 Mar. 2022 The star sported a similar grey kilt at the Berliner Ensemble theatre for a Moon Knight press junket., 17 Mar. 2022 This crisp buttery classic recipe is a favorite of my friend Stuart, an authentic kilt-wearing Scotsman from Fife. Beth Segal, cleveland, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Kilt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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