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.
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         Wearing her Norman car, and her kirtle of blue.
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   Note: The term is still retained in the provinces, in the
         sense of "an outer petticoat." --Halliwell.
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