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  • IPA(key): /kɪlt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪlt

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English kilten (to tuck up, gird), apparently of North Germanic origin, ultimately from Old Norse kelta, kjalta (skirt; lap). Perhaps from Proto-Germanic *kelt-, *kelþǭ, *kilþį̄ (womb), from Proto-Indo-European *gelt- (round body; child). [1] Cognate with Danish kilte (to tuck), Swedish kilta (to swathe). Related to English child.

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kilt (third-person singular simple present kilts, present participle kilting, simple past and past participle kilted)

  1. To gather up (skirts) around the body. [from 14th c.]
    • 1933, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Cloud Howe, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 385:
      Else at her new place worked outdoor and indoor, she'd to kilt her skirts (if they needed kilting – and that was damned little with those short-like frocks) and go out and help at the spreading of dung […].


A kilt

kilt (plural kilts)

  1. 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.]
  2. (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
  3. 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.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity:
      I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.
  4. 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.

Etymology 2Edit

kill +‎ -t

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  1. (obsolete or African-American Vernacular) Nonstandard form of killed: simple past tense and past participle of kill.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book 1, canto 10:
      that unspotted Lamb,
      That for the Sins of all the World was kilt
    • 1970 (reprinted 1999) Norman R. Yetman (ed.), Voices from Slavery: 100 Authentic Slave Narratives, Courier Corporation, →ISBN, p. 160:
      But tweren’t so awful long before Marse Hampton got kilt in de big battle, and Marse Thad, too. Dey was both kilt in de charge, right dere on de breastworks, with de guns in dey hands, dem two young masters of mine, right dere in dat Gettysburg battle [] And I was eighteen in dat October after dat big fight what Marse Thad and Marse Hampton got kilt in.





From English kilt.



  1. a kilt

Norwegian BokmålEdit



  1. past participle of kile



kilt m (plural kilts)

  1. kilt (traditional Scottish man’s skirt)