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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 Each competitor is required to wear a kilt and must remain clothed at all times on the field. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about the Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games and Festival," 9 Oct. 2019 Local residents broke out their plaid and wool kilts recently for the Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s annual fundraiser held at the Barrington Hills Park District Riding Center. Kulsoom Khan,, "Barrington Area Conservation Trust holds first Celtic-themed fundraiser," 18 Sep. 2019 No one scoffed outright at my Thom Browne kilt, but any straphangers who noticed me seemed to very quickly avert their gaze. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Odell Beckham Jr. Wore a Man-Skirt. So I Did, Too," 24 June 2019 Each team received a personal welcome, which included a haka for New Zealand's All Blacks, traditional hymns for the Welsh team, and a national anthem sung in kilts for Scotland. CNN, "Rugby World Cup: The best off-field moments so far," 16 Oct. 2019 Luckily for brave gents, there are dozens of styles to choose from, like Vuitton’s pleats, Charles Jeffrey Loverboy’s kilts, and undone Thom Browne’s prepster midis. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Fall 2019 Men’s Trend Report," 25 Jan. 2019 Break out your kilt August 24th and 25th for a Highland Fling Celebration. Michigan Renaissance Festival, Detroit Free Press, "Eat, drink and be Mary (Queen of Scots) at Michigan Renaissance Festival," 15 Aug. 2019 The dress code called for black tie or formal national attire, and guests from over 20 different countries gathered in kilts, qipao, a bisht, and other traditional garb. Vogue, "This Wedding in Lake Como Was Inspired by the Couple’s Russian Heritage—And Burning Man," 4 Aug. 2019 Runners of all ages can sport a kilt and join in the run at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 on Blackford Street. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Everything you need to know about Indy Irish Fest 2019," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Kilt.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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easily led, controlled, or managed

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