kur·​ta ˈkər-tə How to pronounce kurta (audio)
: a long loose-fitting collarless shirt of a style originating in India

Examples of kurta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The woman wearing the kurta apologized in a video later posted on Facebook by Lahore Police. Mushtaq Yusufzai, NBC News, 3 Mar. 2024 Dressed in a traditional kurta tunic, Modi led the consecration ceremony as Hindu priests chanted hymns and a 4.25-foot statue of Lord Ram was unveiled in the temple’s inner sanctum. Mithil Aggarwal, NBC News, 21 Jan. 2024 And by 8, the room was full of people dressed in glittering saris and tailored kurtas. Mahira Rivers, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Hindu Americans dress up in traditional Indian attire (like saris and kurtas) and host Dussehra festivals. Brijana Prooker, Good Housekeeping, 29 Aug. 2023 Her ensemble evolves into a red kurta tunic over dark jeans. Fawnia Soo Hoo, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 June 2023 Anik was sporting cornrows and an unbuttoned short-sleeve shirt; his father wore pointed slippers, a white kurta and a green shawl with golden trim. Alex Traub, New York Times, 14 June 2023 This man, about fifty or sixty, in a white kurta and skullcap with henna in his beard, is seated on a high bank so that his legs are visible above the counter that faces the street. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 In one clinic, a tall man in an olive-green kurta with a stethoscope around his neck was examining a baby. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2021

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu kurtā, from Persian kurta

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kurta was in 1913

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“Kurta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kurta. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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