kur·​ta | \ˈkər-tə, ˈku̇r-tä\

Definition of kurta 

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

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Unlike those classics, though, the music video features turbaned dancers in flashy kurtas belting out Punjabi lyrics while gyrating to bhangra beats, before a stage-set of lorries. The Economist, "An all-American industry changes the all-American way," 3 May 2018 At the end of her short trip, Stanzin left Brynn with a parting gift — two kurtas or tunics broad enough to fit Brynn’s Western build — and a sense of wistfulness. Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Philly.com, "As girls, they sent letters across the globe. 15 years later, they found each other in India.," 5 Apr. 2018 He was perched on his rocking chair in his usual outfit — a silk beige kurta and a white muslin dhoti — with one of his English dictionaries in hand. Namrata Poddar, Longreads, "A Storyteller, Unbecoming," 8 Mar. 2018 Last summer, however, for a more casual occasion, he was spotted in what resembled a red kurta and simple black trousers, so the pick is not entirely out of the blue. Sam Reed, The Hollywood Reporter, "Laurence Fishburne Recycled His Golden Globes Look for the NAACP Awards," 16 Jan. 2018 Tatiana fills her suitcase with silk pj’s, colorful Indian kurta, and kaftans (velvet in winter, linen in summer). Vogue, "Pack Light, Bring a Sarong: Travel Resolutions From Tatiana Casiraghi and Dana Alikhani," 22 Dec. 2017

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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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