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 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 This morning, the Duchess arrived at the Lahore airport wearing a black-and-white kurta by the Pakistani brand Élan. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wears a Black-and-White Kurta on the Final Day of the Royal Tour of Pakistan," 18 Oct. 2019 Kate chose a traditional look—a royal blue classic kurta with trousers and a scarf by designer Maheen Khan—for the engagement. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Royal Blue Kurta on Her Second Day in Pakistan," 15 Oct. 2019 Wearing a royal blue traditional kurta and trouser, Kate sat with children in a classroom, as Prince William shook hands with a teacher. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prince William, Kate kick off five-day Pakistan tour," 15 Oct. 2019 During Day 2 of the tour Tuesday, Kate wore a periwinkle kurta to meet with children from three different schools outside Islamabad, Pakistan. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Duchess Kate channels Princess Diana during Pakistan tour with similar styles," 15 Oct. 2019 Tan France paid homage to his South Asian heritage in a modern interpretation of a traditional kurta with a dramatic gold necklace. Los Angeles Times, "‘Queer Eye’ stars bring designer looks and arresting style to the Emmys," 22 Sep. 2019 The cotton, which is sometimes blended with wool or silk, is crafted into shirts (men’s and women’s), kurtas (ditto), Nehru jackets, saris and dresses. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 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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The first known use of kurta was in 1913

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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Kurta.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kurta. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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