kirtle

[kur-tl]
noun
1.
a woman's loose gown, worn in the Middle Ages.
2.
Obsolete. a man's tunic.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English kirtel, Old English cyrtel, apparently equivalent to cyrt(an) to shorten (≪ Latin curtus shortened) + -el -le

kirtled, adjective
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kirtle (ˈkɜːtəl)
 
n
1.  a woman's skirt or dress
2.  a man's coat
 
[Old English cyrtel, probably from cyrtan to shorten, ultimately from Latin curtus cut short]

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kirtle
"a man's tunic; a woman's skirt," O.E. cyrtel, related to O.N. kyrtill "tunic," probably both from L. curtus "short" + dim. suffix -el.
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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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