kirtle

noun
kir·​tle | \ ˈkər-tᵊl How to pronounce kirtle (audio) \

Definition of kirtle

1 : a long gown or dress worn by women
2 : a tunic or coat worn by men especially in the Middle Ages

First Known Use of kirtle

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

History and Etymology for kirtle

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

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