- 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.