1. A full-skirted dress with a tight bodice and low neck, often worn with an apron.
2. A full skirt with a gathered waistband.
[German, short for Dirndlkleid : German dialectal Dirndl, diminutive of Dirne, girl (from Old High German diorna) + Kleid, dress.]
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