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[kurch] /kɜrtʃ/
a simple, close-fitting cap worn by women in colonial America.
a kerchief worn by Scottish women.
Origin of curch
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English kerche, c(o)urche, back formation from courche(i)s (plural) < Middle French couvrech(i)es, plural of couvrechef kerchief; the final e of the singular form, orig. long, was later lost Unabridged
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  • Some of these good women generally 'busk the bride's first curch.'

    Discipline Mary Brunton
  • It is then covered with the curch; a square piece of linen doubled diagonally, and passed round the head close to the forehead.

    Discipline Mary Brunton
  • curch, which is etymologically the same word, and means a covering for the head.

    The Lady of the Lake Sir Walter Scott
  • A ribbon worn by Scotch lassies and upon marriage replaced by the matron's "curch" or cap.

    Lady of the Lake Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for curch


a woman's plain cap or kerchief Also called curchef
Word Origin
C15: probably back formation from courcheis (plural), from Old French couvrechies, plural of couvrechefkerchief
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