- any short, pleated skirt, especially a tartan wraparound, as that worn by men in the Scottish Highlands.
verb (used with object)
- to draw or tuck up, as the skirt, about oneself.
- to provide (a skirt) with kilt pleats.
- a knee-length pleated skirt-like garment, esp one in tartan, as worn by men in Highland dress
- to tuck (a skirt) up around one’s body
- to put pleats in (cloth, a skirt, etc)
“plaited tartan skirt,” c.1730, from Middle English verb kilten “to tuck up” (mid-14c.), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish kilte op “to tuck up;” Old Norse kilting “shirt,” kjalta “fold made by gathering up to the knees”).
“to tuck up,” mid-14c., of Scandinavian origin; cf. Danish kilte, Swedish kilta “to tuck up;” see kilt (n.). Related: Kilted; kilting.