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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Kirtle \Kir"tle\, n. [OE. kirtel, curtel, AS. cyrtel; skin to Icel. kyrtill, Sw. kjortel, Dan. kiortel, kiole.] A garment varying in form and use at different times, and worn both by men and women. [1913 Webster] Wearing her Norman car, and her kirtle of blue. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster] Note: The term is still retained in the provinces, in the sense of "an outer petticoat." --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]