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patchwork

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

Simple Definition of patchwork

  • : something that is made up of different things

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of patchwork

  1. 1 :  something composed of miscellaneous or incongruous parts :  hodgepodge

  2. 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 in a sentence

  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



Illustration of patchwork

1692

First Known Use of patchwork

1692


PATCHWORK Defined for Kids

patchwork

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noun patch·work \ˈpach-ˌwərk\

Definition of patchwork for Students

  1. 1 :  pieces of cloth of different colors and shapes sewed together

  2. 2 :  something made up of different parts <The farm is a patchwork of fields.>





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