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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 Three hours of kilts, drama, brutally cinematic battle scenes and a literal cast of thousands were involved. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Braveheart' turns 25: How Mel Gibson went full-on epic with real armies, mechanical horses," 12 May 2020 April 7, 2020 The same goes for clueless, kilt-wearing dullard Sidney (Tim Key); Amanda’s aggressively insecure boyfriend, Chaz (Allan Mustafa); and the gabby, tactless Rebecca (Aisling Bea). Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Olivia Munn-Sam Claflin rom-com ‘Love Wedding Repeat’ doomed by high-concept mess," 10 Apr. 2020 Germany's Bernhard Langer served wiener schnitzel in 1986, while England's Nick Faldo selected fish and chips at the first of his three Champions Dinners as host in 1997, and Scotland's Sandy Lyle donned a kilt and served haggis in 1989. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Tiger Woods to serve fajitas, sushi at Masters Champions Dinner," 25 Feb. 2020 So the boys put on their kilts, grabbed their instruments and headed outside. John D'anna, azcentral, "2 Tempe brothers serenaded the neighbors with bagpipes and drum. Now they're in demand," 28 Mar. 2020 The doormen, dressed in kilts with long feathers protruding from their berets, ushered in more than 50 uniformed American military service members. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Inside the Military’s 5-Star Layovers at a Trump Resort in Scotland," 12 Sep. 2019 Even after all the years of intertwining, the distinctions between the nations go beyond kilts and bagpipes. Washington Post, "Scotland’s Independence," 21 June 2019 The Japanese wore stylish kimono-style jackets, while the Scots wore kilts., "A Chim Chiminey Parade Honors Sweeps and Recalls Past Horrors - The Boston Globe," 29 Sep. 2019 Butler County’s Thomas Kindness - a Republican who subsequently became a U.S. congressman - delivered his speech to oppose ERA while wearing a kilt to get his colleagues’ attention. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "The Equal Rights Amendment - its history in Ohio and what comes next: Q & A," 20 Jan. 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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19 May 2020

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“Kilt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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