\ ˈkwilt How to pronounce quilt (audio) \

Definition of quilt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a bed coverlet of two layers of cloth filled with padding (such as down or batting) held in place by ties or stitched designs
2 : something that is quilted or resembles a quilt a quilt of houses and parks


quilted; quilting; quilts

Definition of quilt (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to fill, pad, or line like a quilt
b(1) : to stitch, sew, or cover with lines or patterns like those used in quilts
(2) : to stitch (designs) through layers of cloth
c : to fasten between two pieces of material
2 : to stitch or sew in layers with padding in between

intransitive verb

1 : to make quilts
2 : to do quilted work

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Other Words from quilt


quilter noun

Examples of quilt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This simple white or cream quilt features a pretty pattern that ties back to the trend's feminine. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, "12 Charming French-Country Home Accessories You Can Shop on Amazon," 10 Apr. 2021 Just outside the glittering cityscape is a quilt of islands and peaks ringed by the turquoise South China Sea. New York Times, "In Hong Kong, Foreign Tourists Are Replaced by a Local Variety," 6 Mar. 2021 Ringgold turned to making her quilt paintings after discovering a room of 15th-century Tibetan and Nepalese scroll paintings, or tankas, at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Washington Post, "Faith Ringgold is an artist, an activist and a prophet. But that’s only scratching the surface.," 31 Mar. 2021 Head to Serena and Lily for sophisticated interior design wares, like a charming pineapple print quilt. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "Going, Going, Gone: The Best Things on Sale Now," 30 Mar. 2021 In the 1980s, a massive quilt adorned with the names of people who had died from AIDS was used to spotlight government inaction on the disease. Christine Hauser New York Times, Star Tribune, "Naughty words scuttle craft patterns," 19 Mar. 2021 By the mid-20th century, quilters and artists were experimenting outside the lines of traditional quilt designs. Susan Moeller, BostonGlobe.com, "Quilters are weaving personal histories of the Black experience: ‘We’re a people with a lot of stories to tell’," 11 Mar. 2021 Yoder recalled putting extra clothing on Boaz, then piling blankets on top of his chest: two muslin, then a woolen one, followed by a crocheted blanket and ultimately a queen-size gray quilt that one detective estimated at 4 to 5 pounds. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, "An infant dies, a millionaire doctor calls 911, and a tale emerges of drugs, love and suspected crime," 2 Dec. 2020 And yet the best of her paintings are sufficiently balanced to give their quilt-like compositions a powerful focus. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Tracing a generational progression in abstract art," 5 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lee Cowan talks with professors of sociology and genomics, and with a Benedictine monk, about how to adapt to the stresses of this period of isolation, and explores how some people are coping via hobbies – sketching, baking, or quilting. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (May 17)," 14 May 2020 In Inyo County, within a few days of a call for volunteers,120 people signed up to sew and quilt masks for workers. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, "Small towns across the Sierra fear tourists will bring coronavirus with them," 10 May 2020 Spending a lot of time looking at things up close — for instance, while using a smartphone screen, reading a book, quilting a blanket — can also increase your risk of myopia, which is a growing problem. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, "8 Common Vision Issues and What to Do About Them, According to Eye Doctors," 2 Apr. 2020 Pin It, Steam It, Stitch It The corners were darted to make the curved corners smooth while quilting pins were used to keep everything in place while folding the unfinished edges beneath and ironing to get the material to lay flat and smooth. Eric Hockman, Sunset Magazine, "Sewing for Beginners: How I Made Waxed Canvas Window Covers For My Camper," 30 Apr. 2020 Saatva Organic Weighted Blanket The Saatva Organic Weighted Blanket features a diamond-quilting design and a soft, organic cotton velvet material. NBC News, "The best eco-friendly weighted blankets," 20 Apr. 2020 And now, like many other Americans who feel compelled to pivot their efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic, these legendary quilting artists are using their skills to make masks for their rural community. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Famous Quilters of Gee’s Bend Alabama Are Making Face Masks for Every Person in Their Town," 16 Apr. 2020 In studies at Wake Forest Baptist Health, masks made with quilting fabric rivaled the filtration efficiency of surgical masks. New York Times, "A User’s Guide to Face Masks," 4 Apr. 2020 Despite that unlucky break, Jenny's videos eventually did take off and helped make Missouri Star's website one of the biggest sellers of fabrics and quilting supplies in the country. CBS News, "How Jenny Doan created the Disneyland of quilting," 1 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of quilt


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1555, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for quilt


Middle English quilte mattress, quilt, from Anglo-French coilte, from Latin culcita mattress

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The first known use of quilt was in the 14th century

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22 Apr 2021

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“Quilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quilt. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quilt

: a bed cover with stitched designs that is made of two layers of cloth filled with wool, cotton, or soft feathers


\ ˈkwilt How to pronounce quilt (audio) \

Kids Definition of quilt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bed cover made of two layers of cloth with a filling of wool, cotton, or down held together by patterned stitching


quilted; quilting

Kids Definition of quilt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stitch or sew together as in making a quilt

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