kir·​tle ˈkər-tᵊl How to pronounce kirtle (audio)
: a long gown or dress worn by women
: a tunic or coat worn by men especially in the Middle Ages

Examples of kirtle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enlarge / Vintage illustration of medieval women wearing kirtles. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 11 Feb. 2023

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Word History


Middle English kirtel, from Old English cyrtel, from Old English *curt short, from Latin curtus mutilated, curtailed — more at shear

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of kirtle was before the 12th century

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“Kirtle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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