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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 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 On Sunday, Wilkes donned a red plaid kilt, and due to his rooftop perch and the windy evening, the appropriate undergarments. Heather Knight,, "SF bagpiper says farewell to nightly pandemic serenades in the Castro amid adoring crowds," 7 July 2020 Authorities also responded to Latunski's home on Nov. 25 when a man wearing a leather kilt with blood running down his face ran from his home, the newspaper reported. Fox News, "Michigan man charged in Grindr murder, accused of cannibalism now faces new lawsuit: report," 13 June 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 19 Jan. 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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