Meaning of fustanella in English:


Pronunciation /ˌfʌstəˈnɛlə/


  • A stiff white kilt, worn by men in Albania and Greece.

    ‘He did have a Sunday-best fustanella but hardly ever wore it.’
    • ‘A style of male dress most often seen in the United States is the fustanella, a full, white pleated skirt; a black and gold jacket; a red flat fez with a large tassel (puskel); and shoes with black pompoms.’
    • ‘The fustanella, or Albanian kilt, was common dress for men until the 1400s. Common villagers and rural people wore a fustanella made from coarse linen or wool; more affluent men wore silk.’
    • ‘His name was often appended to the titles of foreign corps that fought for Britain in the Napoleonic period: amongst them was the Duke of York's Greek Light Infantry which wore the kilt-like fustanella now sported by the evzones.’
    • ‘The village was astir for the duties of the day, white fustanellas were hurrying in every direction toward the fields.’
    • ‘The kilt they wear is called a fustanella and were worn by the klephts, the freedom fighters who fought the Turks in the war for Independence.’
    • ‘The cavalieri in their white fustanellas and their dames dance the lively carnival dances in the squares and along the streets.’
    • ‘He was standing on a little hill with a couple of his generals and saw the Albanians in their white kilts, their fustanellas, approaching.’
    • ‘This dress uniform includes tasseled cap and shoes, white stockings and the fustanella, a shirtwaist with pleated skirt of white fustian.’
    • ‘He must have seemed considerably odder when at seventeen - full of incoherent dreams of the War of Independence - he adopted the full national costume, fustanella and all, which he never abandoned.’
    • ‘Especially on Greek Independence day one can see pictures of Greek men in fustanellas.’
    • ‘The guards at the Palace are called evzones, and wear those absurd little skirts that the Greeks call fustanellas.’
    • ‘We also hear of the fustanella, a white skirt once worn by Greek men.’
    • ‘Soldiers in their various uniforms strolled along the promenade, mingling with Greeks from the mountains in their long white pleated skirts they call the fustanella.’
    • ‘The ‘black-kara’ its seems to exist since they wore black fustanellas and the tradition says that they started to wear black after the fall of Polis when they started to flee to Agrafa mountains to escape from the slavery.’
    • ‘I remember a dude named Charlie something who got into trouble here a couple years ago because someone thought he wanted to make a couple of bucks offering fustanellas.’
    • ‘This approach involves wearing unbifurcated clothing - such as Scottish or Irish kilts, Greek fustanellas, or the robes, caftans, or sarongs of other countries - as an expression of one's ethnic pride or in connection with ethnic celebrations or activities.’
    • ‘Early photographs of the workmen (some wearing fustanellas, pleated white skirts) and archaeologists (some in hats and gloves) show them suitably awed by their labors.’
    • ‘There were Christian Albanians with their white fustanellas, high aquiline nose, glittering eyes, and false smile, in dress somewhat similar to the Morlacchi, but wearing a smaller fez with a long blue tassel.’
    • ‘Towards the end of the parade came the Greek Revolution of 1821, which began to carve a modern Greek state out of the Ottoman empire, featuring national independence fighters in their traditional costumes and fustanellas.’


Mid 19th century from Italian, from modern Greek phoustani, phoustanela, probably from Italian fustagno, from medieval Latin fustaneum (see fustian).