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quilt

noun \ ˈkwilt \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of quilt

1 a :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

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Origin and Etymology of quilt

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

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quilt

verb

Definition of quilt

transitive verb
1 a :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

quilter

noun

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First Known Use of quilt

1555

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QUILT Defined for English Language Learners

quilt

noun

Definition of quilt for English Language Learners

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


QUILT Defined for Kids

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quilt

noun \ ˈkwilt \

Definition of quilt for Students

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

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quilt

verb

Definition of quilt for Students

quilted; quilting
:to stitch or sew together as in making a quilt


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