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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The space would soon be filled with dozens of actors in shimmering saris and kurtas. Los Angeles Times, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 11 Oct. 2019 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Kurta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kurta. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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