1. a woman’s loose gown, worn in the Middle Ages.
  2. Obsolete. a man’s tunic.

noun archaic

  1. a woman’s skirt or dress
  2. a man’s coat

“a man’s tunic; a woman’s skirt,” Old English cyrtel, related to Old Norse kyrtill “tunic;” both regarded as probably from Latin curtus “short” (see curt) + diminutive suffix -el.

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