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kirtle

[kur-tl] /ˈkɜr tl/
noun
1.
a woman's loose gown, worn in the Middle Ages.
2.
Obsolete. a man's tunic.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English kirtel, Old English cyrtel, apparently equivalent to cyrt(an) to shorten (≪ Latin curtus shortened) + -el -le
Related forms
kirtled, adjective
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  • The mere rustle of a silken kirtle was sufficient to make him bring his cowl down over his eyes.
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kirtle

/ˈkɜːtəl/
noun (archaic)
1.
a woman's skirt or dress
2.
a man's coat
Word Origin
Old English cyrtel, probably from cyrtan to shorten, ultimately from Latin curtus cut short
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Word Origin and History for kirtle
n.

"a man's tunic; a woman's skirt," Old English cyrtel, related to Old Norse kyrtill "tunic;" both regarded as probably from Latin curtus "short" (see curt) + diminutive suffix -el.

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