Kilt meaning

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To provide a kilt for.
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A pleated skirt reaching to the knees; esp., the tartan skirt worn sometimes by men of the Scottish Highlands.
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To gather up (skirts) around the body. [from 14th c.]
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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.]
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(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;
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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.
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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.
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A knee-length skirt with deep pleats, usually of a tartan wool, worn as part of the dress for men in the Scottish Highlands.
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A similar skirt worn by women, girls, and boys.
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To tuck up (something) around the body.
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(scot.) To tuck up (a skirt, etc.)
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To pleat.
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Origin of kilt

  • From kilt to tuck up from Middle English kilten of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”)).

    From Wiktionary