- a man's tunic or coat
- a woman's dress or skirt
Origin of kirtleMiddle English kirtel from Old English cyrtel (akin to Old Norse kyrtill) from Germanic an unverified form kurt-, short ( from Classical Latin curtus: see curt) + -el, diminutive suffix
- A man's knee-length tunic or coat.
- A woman's dress or skirt.
Origin of kirtleMiddle English kirtel from Old English cyrtel probably ultimately from Latin curtus short ; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A knee-length tunic.
Cognate with Old Norse kyrtill (whence Danish kjortel and Icelandic kyrtill). Compare German Kittel.