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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 The Somers Women’s Club invites the public to join them in making quilts for hospice patients on Thursday, Nov. 21. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 13 Nov. 2019 The bed in the chamber adjoining and opening into the Blue Room is of antique oak, and is covered with a pale-blue silk quilt and shams, embroidered with art needlework in subdued colors. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: An 1887 tour of the Villa Montezuma," 29 Sep. 2019 The 14 quilts, highlighting both craft activism and the current state of fiber art across the country, will be displayed through Jan. 19. BostonGlobe.com, ", and Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St.,," 7 Nov. 2019 The Desert Sun The largest private collection of African American quilts was donated to a Berkeley museum. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Eureka returns an island to a tribe nearly 160 years after a massacre," 22 Oct. 2019 Visitors can also leave with souvenirs, thanks to a gift shop stocked with homemade jams as wells as baked goods, quilts, purses, cookbooks and CDs. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "This country buffet in the woods is like eating at Grandma’s house," 16 Oct. 2019 Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts, an exhibit of 30 quilts from the late 18th century to the present day, opens Oct. 11 at Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth St. in Hartford. chs.org. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Tiny Wesleyan museum a hidden gem of dinosaur bones, fossils and minerals," 7 Oct. 2019 Other activities for the weekend, most of which are in Winterset, include a car show, live entertainment, a quilt show, photography exhibit, demonstrations of old-time skills, horse and carriage rides and more. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Make history at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel, get artsy in Wisconsin and more Midwest events," 12 Sep. 2019 In some international markets, IKEA allows customers to return furniture to stores for resale after use; West Elm has partnered with clothing company Rent the Runway to rent accessories such as pillows and quilts. Boston.com Real Estate, "Millennials and students are swiping right on luxury furniture rentals," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her fine quilting skills still are present in a community quilt on display at the UCONN Health Center. courant.com, "Mary Stifel Keener," 19 Sep. 2019 Kathleen enjoyed scrapbooking, quilting and being a mother. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/6," 6 Sep. 2019 The square-toed mule with puffy matelassé quilting struck a chord with editors and influencers alike—outpacing flip flops, peep-toe boots, and even Tevas as the week’s best-loved footwear. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Took NYFW’s Hottest Street Style Shoe to the Airport," 16 Sep. 2019 Years ago, Quilted Northern, the toilet-paper people, ran an animated TV commercial that showed a group of women sitting around a table at a quilting bee. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Can you knit a quilt? Of course not. And Marco Polo didn’t ride a llama to China.," 9 Sep. 2019 The program will be an exhibition on quilting and jewelry featuring two members. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Group makes lap blankets to honor veterans," 9 Sep. 2019 Home of the Gilbert Historical Museum, Gilbert Historical Society's HD South building is home to programs including quilting, live music, art, culture and genealogy workshops. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "Gilbert's HD South to expand with $10,000 grant sponsored by USA TODAY NETWORK," 20 Aug. 2019 Enjoy displays of flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables, baked goods, home canning, fiber and fleece, quilting, woodworking, honey and beekeeping, sewing, clay arts and more. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska State Fair 2019: Fun from A to Z," 15 Aug. 2019 Categories range from painting, photography and quilting to baking breads, pies and candy. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about the Hamilton County Fair," 16 July 2019

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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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Last Updated

8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Quilt.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quilt. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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How to pronounce quilt (audio)

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


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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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