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patchwork

noun, patch·work often attributive \ˈpach-ˌwərk\

: something that is made up of different things

: pieces of cloth of different colors and shapes that are sewn together in a pattern

Full Definition of PATCHWORK

1
:  something composed of miscellaneous or incongruous parts :  hodgepodge
2
:  pieces of cloth of various colors and shapes sewn together to form a covering; also :  something resembling such a covering <a patchwork of fields>

Examples of PATCHWORK

  1. The valley is a patchwork of family farms.
  2. A patchwork of laws prevent the land from being developed.
  3. a patchwork system of laws

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First Known Use of PATCHWORK

1692
PATCHWORK Defined for Kids

patchwork

noun patch·work \ˈpach-ˌwərk\

Definition of PATCHWORK for Kids

1
:  pieces of cloth of different colors and shapes sewed together
2
:  something made up of different parts <The farm is a patchwork of fields.>

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