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kilt

[kilt] /kɪlt/
noun
1.
any short, pleated skirt, especially a tartan wraparound, as that worn by men in the Scottish Highlands.
verb (used with object)
2.
to draw or tuck up, as the skirt, about oneself.
3.
to provide (a skirt) with kilt pleats.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English kylte, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish kilte to tuck up
Related forms
kiltlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kilt

kilt

/kɪlt/
noun
1.
a knee-length pleated skirt-like garment, esp one in tartan, as worn by men in Highland dress
verb (transitive)
2.
to tuck (a skirt) up around one's body
3.
to put pleats in (cloth, a skirt, etc)
Derived Forms
kilted, adjective
kiltlike, adjective
Word Origin
C18: of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish kilte to tuck up, Old Swedish kilta lap
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Word Origin and History for kilt
n.

"plaited tartan skirt," c.1730, from Middle English verb kilten "to tuck up" (mid-14c.), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish kilte op "to tuck up;" Old Norse kilting "shirt," kjalta "fold made by gathering up to the knees").

v.

"to tuck up," mid-14c., of Scandinavian origin; cf. Danish kilte, Swedish kilta "to tuck up;" see kilt (n.). Related: Kilted; kilting.

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