kur·​ta | \ ˈkər-tə How to pronounce kurta (audio) , ˈku̇r-tä \

Definition of kurta

: a long loose-fitting collarless shirt of a style originating in India

Examples of kurta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The space would soon be filled with dozens of actors in shimmering saris and kurtas. Los Angeles Times, "How Mindy Kaling brought the Hindu tradition of Ganesh Puja to American TV," 1 May 2020 Dressed in a pink shirt and fawn pants, the 24-year-old sat operating his sewing machine by the side of the road, surrounded by kurtas and shirts waiting to be altered. Amanat Khullar, Quartz India, "Remote work is not an option in India’s huge informal economy," 17 Mar. 2020 Singh, dressed in a fawn kurta, bright blue turban, and a kirpan (a traditional sword) slung across his chest, said softly. Amanat Khullar, Quartz India, "Religious zeal shattered Delhi’s lives and dreams. Religious zeal is now picking up the pieces, too," 28 Feb. 2020 First up was an airy cream kurta—a loose, long shirt commonly worn in South Asian countries, including Pakistan. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears Two Black and White Looks for Her Last Day in Pakistan," 18 Oct. 2019 Her first outfit included a white kurta designed by Pakistani brand Élan, while her second featured an black coat by Beulah London. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears Two Black and White Looks for Her Last Day in Pakistan," 18 Oct. 2019 Smartly-dressed students, young women in artsy saris and silver jewellery, and young men in long kurtas and chappals were everywhere. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India joins the global climate change strike," 20 Sep. 2019 In the chapter dedicated to Sarabhai, his kurta-pyjama and the bicycles in the backdrop of large rockets present a commentary on the socio-political reality of a newly independent, emerging nation state. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "In photos: The scientists who launched India’s space programme," 11 Oct. 2019 Rentals typically last four days, and prices range from $75 for a deep purple ankle-length kurta with matching leggings to $2,500 for an ornate three-piece traditional bridal ensemble in vibrant fuchsia worth nearly $10,000 from designer Sabyasachi. Ikya Kandula, SFChronicle.com, "Riya Collective is like Rent the Runway for Desi brides and their guests," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of kurta

1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kurta

Hindi & Urdu kurtā, from Persian kurta

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“Kurta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kurta. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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