Definition of skirt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skɜːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɜːrt//
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  1. 1   [countable] a piece of clothing for a woman or girl that hangs from the waist a long/short/straight/pleated, etc. skirt See related entries: Clothes
  2. 2 [countable] (also skirts [plural]) the part of a dress, coat, etc. that hangs below the waist
  3. 3[countable] an outer covering or part used to protect the base of a vehicle or machine the rubber skirt around the bottom of a hovercraft
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old Norse skyrta ‘shirt’; compare with synonymous Old English scyrte, also with short. The verb dates from the early 17th cent.Extra examples Her skirt rode up her thighs when she sat down. I lifted the hem of my skirt. I’ve worn both skirt suits and pant suits to interviews. She sat down, smoothing her skirt. She sat down, smoothing the skirt of her dress. She tucked up her voluminous skirts to make room for Jane beside her. She was wearing a short denim skirt. She wore the plaid skirt that was the uniform of her private school. The skirt falls just above the knee. a green jacket with a matching skirt
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: skirt