A Scotsman wearing a traditional kilt.
- Scot. to tuck up (a skirt, etc.)
- to pleat
- to provide a kilt for
Origin of kiltMiddle English (northern) kilten, probably ; from Scandinavian as in Old Norse kilting, a skirt, kjalta, lap
- A knee-length skirt with deep pleats, usually of a tartan wool, worn as part of the dress for men in the Scottish Highlands.
- A similar skirt worn by women, girls, and boys.
transitive verbkilt·ed, kilt·ing, kilts
Origin of kiltFrom kilt, to tuck up, from Middle English kilten, of Scandinavian origin.
(third-person singular simple present kilts, present participle kilting, simple past and past participle kilted)
- To gather up (skirts) around the body. [from 14th c.]
- A traditional Scottish garment, usually worn by men, having roughly the same morphology as a wrap-around skirt, with overlapping front aprons and pleated around the sides and back, and usually made of twill-woven worsted wool with a tartan pattern. [from 18th c.]
- (historical) Any Scottish garment from which the above lies in a direct line of descent, such as the philibeg, or the great kilt or belted plaid;
- A plaid, pleated school uniform skirt sometimes structured as a wrap around, sometimes pleated throughout the entire circumference; also used as boys' wear in 19th century USA.
- A variety of non-bifurcated garments made for men and loosely resembling a Scottish kilt, but most often made from different fabrics and not always with tartan plaid designs.
Apparently of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish kilt (“to tuck”), Swedish kilta (“to swathe”), Old Norse kjalta (“skirt; lap”) (perhaps from Proto-Germanic *kelt-, *kelþōn, *kelþīn (“womb”), from Proto-Indo-European *gelt- (“round body, child”)).