patchwork

noun, often attributive patch·work \ ˈpach-ˌwərk \
Updated on: 17 May 2018

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

  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

1634

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PATCHWORK Defined for English Language Learners

patchwork

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

patchwork

noun patch·work \ ˈpach-ˌwərk \

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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