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n. Archaic
1. A man's knee-length tunic or coat.
2. A woman's dress or skirt.

[Middle English kirtel, from Old English cyrtel, probably ultimately from Latin curtus, short; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Clothing & Fashion) a woman's skirt or dress
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a man's coat
[Old English cyrtel, probably from cyrtan to shorten, ultimately from Latin curtus cut short]
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(ˈkɜr tl)

1. a woman's loose gown, worn in the Middle Ages.
2. Archaic. a man's tunic or coat.
[before 900; Old English cyrtel, appar. derivative of cyrt(an) to shorten (« Latin curtus shortened)]
kir′tled, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kirtle - a garment resembling a tunic that was worn by men in the Middle Ages
tunic - any of a variety of loose fitting cloaks extending to the hips or knees
2.kirtle - a long dress worn by women
dress, frock - a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
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why he hath stolen every plack of clothing off my back, if that be a wrong, and hath left me here in this sorry frock of white falding, so that I have shame to go back to my wife, lest she think that I have donned her old kirtle. Harrow and alas that ever I should have met him!"
``She is but changing her head-gear,'' replied a female attendant, with as much confidence as the favourite lady's-maid usually answers the master of a modern family; ``you would not wish her to sit down to the banquet in her hood and kirtle? and no lady within the shire can be quicker in arraying herself than my mistress.''
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A kirtle and a mantle this child had vppon, With brauches and ringes full richelye bedone.
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'tis Jacqueline!" He insists, "I know her by her kirtle green." (47) After blockages of one sort and another, in the end, appearances and essences align.
So often when I think back on those three years in costume design class, I can't exactly remember what you said about the drape of an [sic] himation or the cut of a kirtle, but I do remember what you said about finding new colors in the changing leaves on the trees on Church Street, or how, when listing men's modern accessories, you would at the end of the list happen to notice your own sleeve cuff and say, "And cuff links." (Harris 1971)
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