\ ˈkwilt \

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

b : patchwork quilt sense 1

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

There’s also an impressive display of early Texas handmade quilts. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 Ramona resident Carol Huff presented the quilts in formal ceremonies. Ramona Sentinel, "Quilts of Valor go to two Ramona veterans," 5 July 2018 The quilts are Pendleton, and a vintage steamer trunk props up the TV. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Marine Layer Brings the Fashion-Branded Hotel Back Down to Earth," 29 June 2018 Like the nation these people sought to reach, the quilts on view are delicate patchworks of hope and struggle. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The Weekender: Michael Che, Kyrie Irving, and kittens," 28 June 2018 Huffine proudly pointed to an inscription — the year 1956 and his mother's name — at the bottom of the quilt. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Blast from the past: This Glenmary home is a collector's paradise," 28 June 2018 The 2009-2010 quilt is reminiscent of the U.S. flag. Mark Pratt, latimes.com, "Migrant Quilt Project brings border tragedies to the surface, stitch by stitch," 7 May 2018 On March 8, nine quilts will be on display at the Rothko Chapel as part of an International Women's Day observation. Monica Rhor, Houston Chronicle, "Rothko Chapel presents quilt honoring survivors of rape, sexual abuse," 20 Feb. 2018 Later acquisitions on display this summer include couture by designers Miuccia Prada and Vivienne Tam, portraits by San Francisco photographer Erica Deeman, and a quilt by Harlem artist Faith Ringgold. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "How the Phoenix Art Museum acquired Frida Kahlo’s 'Suicide' painting," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Simons is celebrating American motifs at Calvin Klein, but does quilting need a Belgian high fashion edge? Samuel Hine, GQ, "Bode Is Winning the New York Fashion Race with Quilts (Yes, Quilts)," 1 Feb. 2018 Designed with quilting that echoes its curvy shape, and logo detail to delight Rainbow Brite, the collection proves that the decade of decadence can, despite its garish reputation, be ever so chic. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "How to Be a Poolside Pinup," 27 June 2018 This popular, entertaining program is not about quilting bees and spinning wheels. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 1 May 2018 Recently, the custom Milly dress that Obama wore while posing for her official Amy Sherald portrait featured a colorful pattern that seemed to speak to the American tradition of quilting, fusing tradition with modernity. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "What We Know About How Melania Trump Decides What to Wear," 21 June 2018 The interior of the door is a sycamore-walnut veneer and the seats are covered in diamond-quilted, semi-aniline leather all sourced from a single, century-old tannery (presumably from cows that were lovingly killed). Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Got $360K burning a hole in your pocket? Check out the Range Rover SV Coupe," 16 June 2018 That’s 26 miles each way through an easy-rolling countryside quilted with corn, soy, pepper and asparagus fields and criss-crossed with creeks and rivers with names like Cohansey. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "'This isn't Cherry Hill. This is the real South Jersey.' Rambling along Route 49 on the way to the Shore," 9 June 2018 The tannery had 29 separate buildings quilted together. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From former tannery to high-end housing: The North End helps transform downtown Milwaukee," 13 Apr. 2018 Categories are painting in all mediums, woodcarving, photography, crafts and quilting. Courant Community, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 29 May 2018

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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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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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