Wednesday, January 21, 2015

word of the day: dirndl

The word of the day is dirndl:

1. a woman's dress with a close-fitting bodice and full skirt, commonly of colorful and strikingly patterned material, fashioned after Tyrolean peasant wear.
2. a full, gathered skirt attached to a waistband or hip yoke.
3. any skirt with gathers at the waistband.
German Dirndl, short for Dirndlkleid, equivalent to Dirndl young woman (orig. Bavarian, Austrian dialect, diminutive of Dirne young woman, Middle High German dierne, Old High German thiorna; akin to thane ) + Kleid dress (see cloth) (

"'Oh!  What masterly use you are making of your silences and your predicates tonight!' commented Startling Glower during an effervescent lull in the conversation he was taping with Joubert Plume and his bride, the tongue-tied Nada Seria, hard at work on To Die in a Dirndl and intolerant of interruptions."

 - Karen Elizabeth Gordon, Out of the Loud Hound of Darkness: A Dictionarrative

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