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dirndl

[durn-dl] /ˈdɜrn dl/
noun
1.
a woman's dress with a close-fitting bodice and full skirt, commonly of colorful and strikingly patterned material, fashioned after Tyrolean peasant wear.
2.
a full, gathered skirt attached to a waistband or hip yoke.
3.
any skirt with gathers at the waistband.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; < German Dirndl, short for Dirndlkleid, equivalent to Dirndl young woman (orig. Bavarian, Austrian dialect, diminutive of Dirne young woman, Middle High German dierne, Old High German thiorna; akin to thane) + Kleid dress (see cloth)
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  • She often appears at the end of her shows in a dirndl or pleated skirt with high heels and a cardigan.
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dirndl

/ˈdɜːndəl/
noun
1.
a woman's dress with a full gathered skirt and fitted bodice; originating from Tyrolean peasant wear
2.
a gathered skirt of this kind
Word Origin
German (Bavarian and Austrian): shortened from Dirndlkleid, from Dirndl little girl + Kleid dress
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Word Origin and History for dirndl
n.

1937, from German dialectal diminutive of dirne "girl" (cf. dirndlkleid "peasant dress"), from a diminutive of Middle High German dierne "maid," from Old High German thiorna, which is related to Old English þegn (see thane).

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