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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 Cartoons from the era showed Mr. Carnegie, often dressed in a kilt to reference his Scottish origin, showering coins from enormous bags of money. New York Times, 10 Dec. 2021 Gregor wore his Robertson clan kilt and Scottish formal suit. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 18 Mar. 2021 While the legend is based on St. Nicholas, who was first popular in Europe, the ornament is also available with Kris Kringle wearing a Scottish kilt or a Hawaiian shirt while sunbathing. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Oct. 2021 As Couch walks away from the front, Andrew Pommerville, also wearing a kilt, take his place., 8 Oct. 2021 Designers like Jean Paul Gaultier were showing men’s skirts back in the ’90s, and many traditional men’s skirts have existed for centuries, such as the Scottish tartan kilt and the floor-length Indian Mundu. Christian Allair, Vogue, 8 July 2021 Of course, there are many elements to these ensembles, like a great button-down, a slouchy, low-rise pant, a smart blazer, a knee-length kilt, or, for the truly bold, an incredibly short pleated mini skirt. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Oct. 2021 Festivities for this year’s fest include Irish dancers, an Irish dog contest, and guests can vote on the best-looking men’s legs in a kilt. Holly Baumbach,, 3 Sep. 2021 Their only match since then was at a charity exhibition in Glasgow in November 2017, when Murray, who was born in Glasgow, donned a Tartan hat and Federer wore a kilt. New York Times, 27 June 2021

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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 25 Jan. 2022.

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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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