What does kilt mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kilt(noun)

    a knee-length pleated tartan skirt worn by men as part of the traditional dress in the Highlands of northern Scotland


  1. kilt(Noun)

    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.

  2. kilt(Noun)

    (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. kilt(Noun)

    a plaid, pleated school uniform skirt sometimes structured as a wrap around, sometimes pleated throughout the entire circumference;

  4. kilt(Noun)

    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.

  5. kilt(Verb)

    To gather up part of a long garment, and hold it with a tuck, belt, pin, etc., in order to make it shorter.

    She kilted up her skirt and waded out to the boat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kilt

    p. p. from Kill

  2. Kilt(noun)

    a kind of short petticoat, reaching from the waist to the knees, worn in the Highlands of Scotland by men, and in the Lowlands by young boys; a filibeg

  3. Kilt(verb)

    to tuck up; to truss up, as the clothes

  4. Origin: [OGael. cealt clothes, or rather perh. fr. Dan. kilte op to truss, tie up, tuck up.]


  1. Kilt

    The kilt is a knee-length garment with pleats at the rear, originating in the traditional dress of men and boys in the Scottish Highlands of the 16th century. Since the 19th century it has become associated with the wider culture of Scotland in general, or with Celtic heritage even more broadly. It is most often made of woollen cloth in a tartan pattern. Although the kilt is most often worn on formal occasions and at Highland games and sports events, it has also been adapted as an item of fashionable informal male clothing in recent years, returning to its roots as an everyday garment.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kilt

    kilt, n. a kind of short petticoat or plaited skirt, forming part of the Highland dress.—v.t. (Scot.) to truss up.—adj. Kilt′ed, dressed in a kilt.—n. Kilt′ie, one wearing a kilt, a soldier in a Highland regiment. [Northern Eng. kilt, to tuck up, from Dan. kilte, to tuck up: cf. Ice. kilting, a skirt.]

  2. Kilt

    kilt, (Spens.) pa.p. of kill.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kilt in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kilt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Fabrice:

    A Scottish, mopping his brow with his kilt was accused of indecent exposure!

  2. Albert Einstein:

    Don't run with bagpipes, You could put an AYE out Or worse yet, get kilt ! Scottish proverb

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