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

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Modi, 68, was dressed in his trademark white pyjama kurta and a grey Modi jacket. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Narendra Modi begins his second term as India’s prime minister," 30 May 2019 At the news that Chopra was engaged to the youngest Jonas Brother—and when photos surfaced of the couple’s roka engagement ceremony in Mumbai, showing the onetime teen idol in a kurta-pajama—a kind of mania broke out. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "When Priyanka Met Nick: A Love Story," 29 Nov. 2018 The duo stepped out in traditional Indian apparel — Priyanka wore a light blue suit covered in intricate cream and pink embellishments, while Nick opted for a pink kurta and cream bottoms. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Everything Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Wore During Their Wedding Celebrations," 29 Nov. 2018 Sophie wore a red suit embellished with beads and embroidery with a yellow dupatta, and Joe wore a light blue kurta with pink bottoms, perfectly complementing his brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Everything Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Wore During Their Wedding Celebrations," 29 Nov. 2018 The bride-to-be wore a stunning light blue Manish Malhotra World outfit covered with delicate pink and silver floral embellishments and embroidery, while Jonas donned a gorgeous pink kurta pajama, also from the designer. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner, and Nick and Joe Jonas Look Incredible at Pre-Wedding Celebrations," 29 Nov. 2018 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

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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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