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 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
Recent Examples of patchwork from the Web
On Fallujah’s main streets, shops and buildings are a patchwork of destruction and revival.
Everything else is left up to a patchwork of state and local laws.
The return of Yedlin, who was instrumental in Newcastle’s run to the EFL Championship title, will be a boost to a back four that had a bit of a patchwork feel in March.
A similar bill in Springfield that could address the patchwork concern also awaits action by state lawmakers.
In fact, most civilians were dependent on a patchwork of armed rebel factions for food and protection.
RCA had ambitions to tie up its patchwork of local stations into a national network, but it was hamstrung by the relatively poor audio quality available to it, leasing telegraph lines from Western Union.
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First Known Use of patchwork
PATCHWORK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of patchwork for English Language Learners
: something that is made up of different things
: pieces of cloth of different colors and shapes that are sewn together in a pattern
PATCHWORK Defined for Kids
Definition of patchwork for Students
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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