patchwork

noun, often attributive
patch·​work | \ ˈpach-ˌwərk How to pronounce patchwork (audio) \

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

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Examples of patchwork in a Sentence

The valley is a patchwork of family farms. A patchwork of laws prevent the land from being developed. a patchwork system of laws
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For them, Obama-era regulations across the country are preferable to a patchwork of regulations across the country. Justin Worland, Time, "The World's Largest Automakers Asked Trump Not to Loosen a Climate Change Standard. Here's Why," 7 June 2019 Dana Carvey’s elderly Basset hound and Hannibal Buress as dachshund Buddy – in an increasingly complex patchwork, fed by a lively soundtrack that includes Stevie Wonder, Jefferson Airplane, Coolio and ZZ Top. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ is a worthy sequel," 6 June 2019 That left a patchwork: 15 states in which payday loans were banned outright, a handful of states with strong enforcement — and large swaths of the country in which payday lending was mostly unregulated. Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, "How Payday Lenders Spent $1 Million at a Trump Resort — and Cashed In," 5 June 2019 But the patchwork nature of each state’s regulations shouldn’t cause a migraine. Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 The first is fixing the licensing system for cryptocurrency, which is currently a patchwork of 53 state licenses that a money transmitter has to get. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Meet Crypto's Meme King: 5 Questions for Neeraj Agrawal," 23 May 2018 There is a bewildering patchwork of state laws regarding medical and recreational marijuana use. Christopher A. Rugaber, chicagotribune.com, "Small businesses grapple with maze of conflicting pot laws," 3 May 2018 States also grant waivers but can charge for things like the amount of time spent searching, sorting and redacting information, leading to a patchwork of fees nationwide. Washington Post, "Hawaii denies request for phone logs related to false alert," 13 Mar. 2018 Bieber’s pieces were heavy on the stitching and patchwork, and color-blocked in green and navy. Vogue, "Justin Bieber’s Coachella Comeback Featured a Crazy-Cool British Designer," 22 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of patchwork

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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patchwork

noun

English Language Learners 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

patchwork

noun
patch·​work | \ ˈpach-ˌwərk How to pronounce patchwork (audio) \

Kids Definition of patchwork

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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