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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

Examples of kilt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Scotland's Sandy Lyle donned a kilt and served haggis in 1989. Ben Morse, CNN, "Dustin Johnson to serve pigs in a blanket, filet mignon at Masters Champions Dinner," 6 Apr. 2021 But note that during the stone-lifting segment, the winner, Heughan, is wearing a kilt. Sarene Leeds, Vulture, "What Have We Learned From Men in Kilts?," 1 Mar. 2021 Vogue called on some of its favorite New Yorkers to celebrate the city in a video and photo series: Misty Copeland pirouettes across Sixth Avenue, David Byrne bikes around town in a kilt, and Whoopi Goldberg narrates a script by Jeremy O. Harris. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Year in Fashion: The 29 Moments We’ll Remember Most From 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Verillas’ owner Allister Greenbrier told the BBC that Verillas has removed the yellow and black kilt design from its website. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "'We're against everything they stand for': LGBTQ-owned clothing company Verillas pushes back after Proud Boys wear its kilts," 17 Dec. 2020 Well, in The Beginning . . . there was a man in a kilt. Diana Gabaldon, Town & Country, "Diana Gabaldon's Foreword to Clanlands Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Stories from the Outlander Set," 3 Nov. 2020 The ghost of John Brown has been seen lurking around Balmoral Castle, often wearing a kilt. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Windsor Castle, Sandringham House, and Other Royal Estates That Are Allegedly Haunted," 30 Oct. 2020 The eccentric character also wore a Thom Browne kilt suit to tie the knot with Patrick Brewer in the series’ finale. Hanna Flanagan,, "Dan Levy Channels His Schitt's Creek Character David Rose in Kilt at 2020 Emmys," 20 Sep. 2020 Wearing a kilt and T-shirt along with his mane of bushy brown hair, the longtime Boulder Creek resident was driving around in his pickup with a pump and water drum to douse flames. Kurtis Alexander,, "In Santa Cruz Mountains, the fight is on to save small towns as CZU Complex fire roars on," 23 Aug. 2020

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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 15 May. 2021.

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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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