• WordNet 3.6
    • n kilt a knee-length pleated tartan skirt worn by men as part of the traditional dress in the Highlands of northern Scotland
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The kilt was invented by a English gentleman who came to Scotland to open a factory because he got tired of his Scottish workers showing up in a long tunic with a belt (they couldn't afford pants). Rather than raise wages so they could afford pants he invented the kilt which is just a lot of fabric and they could afford that. The kilt did not become a symbol of clan pride until the English banned the kilt in Scotland. Then it became part of national pride to wear the newly invented clan plaids.
    • Kilt p. p. from Kill.
    • n Kilt 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.
    • v. t Kilt To tuck up; to truss up, as the clothes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Kilts are not native to Scotland. They originated in France.
    • kilt To tuck up; truss Up (the clothes).
    • kilt In dressmaking, to lay (a skirt or a flounce) in deep, flat, longitudinal plaits hanging free at the bottom, in the fashion of a Highland kilt.
    • n kilt In the original Highland dress, that part of the belted plaid which hung below the waist; in modern times, a separate garment, a sort of petticoat reaching from the girdle nearly to the knees, composed of tartan and deeply plaited. The garment is imitated in various fabrics for children's wear. See kilting.
    • n kilt An obsolete or dialectal preterit and past participle of kill.
    • kilt Small; lean; slender.
    • kilt To step lightly and nimbly, as if with the skirts kilted out of the way.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kilt kilt a kind of short petticoat or plaited skirt, forming part of the Highland dress
    • v.t Kilt (Scot.) to truss up
    • pa.p Kilt kilt (Spens.) of kill.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OGael. cealt, clothes, or rather perh. fr. Dan. kilte op, to truss, tie up, tuck up


In literature:

One kilted Scot passed us leading a young cow.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
Did his wife look as though she ought to be kilt?
"Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War" by Finley Peter Dunne
A heavy hand came plump on my shoulder; a large Highland face was pushed into mine; a kilt flapped round long bare shanks.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, February 23, 1916" by Various
You'd er kilt her if dis covey hadn't er lit in.
"Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York" by Lemuel Ely Quigg
Then they put on the dry kilt they have taken out with them, slipping it on as they came out, modestly and neatly.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
Dey wuz at Manassas, dey tells me, when Massa Tom got kilt, and de orders wuz not to take no bodies off de field right den.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
We must eyther kill, or be kilt.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Presently a boy with bare legs and a kilt entered the church and whispered to a very old man, who turned out to be an elder.
"The Eagle Cliff" by R.M. Ballantyne
His only clothing was a piece of fine matting, worn round the waist in the form of a kilt.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Why, she actually tells me that the natives still wear the kilt!
"Freaks on the Fells" by R.M. Ballantyne
But who tould you that you wud be kilt, and meself that's alone and friendless escape?
"Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals" by William H. Armstrong
While doing this, my kilt was riddled with bullets, though I escaped unhurt.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
You hain't kilt anybody, have you?
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
Owld man Frontenelle kilt her wunst.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
Dick and I knew each other in kilts and pig-tails.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
Her petticoats were kilted and revealed the filth on her enormous calves and thick ankles.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
I've kilt me a goose with it many a time, at a hundred yards.
"Maw's Vacation" by Emerson Hough
The philibeg or kilt, as distinct from the plaid, in all probability, is comparatively modern.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
A kind of kilt formerly worn by seamen in general, but latterly principally by fishermen.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Well, when Daddy was a little boy they wore kilts, and trousers underneath.
"Sunny Boy in the Country" by Ramy Allison White

In poetry:

With tartan kilt and philibeg,
What stride was ever bolder
Than his who showed the naked leg
Beneath the plaided shoulder?
"For the Meeting of the Burns Club" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Now she has kilted her robes of green,
A piece below her knee:
And a' the live-lang winter night
The dead corpse followed she.
"Sweet William's Ghost" by Henry Morley
For Mangerton house auld Downie is gane,
Her coats she has kilted up to her knee;
And down the water wi speed she rins,
While tears in spaits fa fast frae her eie.
"Jock O The Side" by Andrew Lang
Janet has kilted her green kirtle
A little aboon her knee,
And she has snooded her yellow hair
A little aboon her bree,
And she's awa' to Carterhaugh,
As fast as she can hie.
"Tam Lin" by Andrew Lang
A Sassenach chief may be bonily built,
He may purchase a sporran, a bonnet, and kilt;
Stick a skein in his hose - wear an acre of stripes -
But he cannot assume an affection for pipes.
"Ellen McJones Aberdeen" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And now as the din of the fight grew greater,
Fear filled the hearts of the Russian giants in stature,
Because the kilted heroes they fought so well
That they thought they had come from the regions of hell.
"The Battle of Alma" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Dean Peterson, right, and his kilt compadres model prototype postal uniforms at the National Association of Letter Carriers' July convention in Boston, where Peterson introduced a resolution to add kilts to the available uniform choices.
The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery.
A principal in Victoria, Texas, ordered two boys into "more appropriate" attire when they wore kilts to school in 1992, saying: "I know kilts .
Those weren't kilts and the boys aren't Scots.
Their kilts , commissioned from a kilt -maker in Scotland, are the real deal and come with all the accessories--the sporran (leather purse) and the sgian dhu (the small dagger traditionally worn in the sock).
A new rainbow kilt aimed at gay men is causing a flap among members of Scotland's Tartan Society, the Scottish Daily Record reports.
Arian Foster switches radio stations to KILT .
A grand opening for The Tilted Kilt.
Tilted Kilt Process Protected By Law.
Tilted Kilt hosts 'Undercover Boss' viewing party Friday night.
Winkage' app connects with Tilted Kilt in Joliet.
Winkage Inc, a social media app provider, recently introduced their free app "Winkage" to the patrons at the Tilted Kilt in Joliet, Ill.
Tilted Kilt uniform doesn't fit.
Rockford's Tilted Kilt hosts cruise nights through Aug 17.
Come hang out with Coach Brian Billick and the entire WNST crew this Wednesday, April 18th at The Tilted Kilt at The Avenue in White Marsh.