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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 modern take on the classic quilt, this box pattern blanket has a medium weight that’s ideal for layering. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "July 4th deals on home, bedding from all-American retailers," 29 June 2020 Owen added a woman’s touch, in the form of a handmade quilt that her cousin, Becky Whitehead, made and gifted to Owen a few years ago. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Postponed ‘Daddy’s Dyin’ to take stage July 10-16 at the Pearl," 22 June 2020 Inside is an altar piece by artist Keith Haring — one of his last works — and a section of the AIDS quilt. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "Worth the wait: Grace Cathedral’s early days and biggest moments," 17 June 2020 Before the birth, Taylor had a teal quilt made, which Battle will now use to remind her son of the longtime friendship. NBC News, "Breonna Taylor's legacy: Caring, 'super goofy' and a devoted paramedic," 8 June 2020 Inside the quilt shop, the makeshift face mask assembly line is among the starkest signs of how life in this small town has changed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. AZCentral.com, "'Let it not be Miami': Pulling together as a pandemic rages beyond a small Arizona town," 5 June 2020 These quilts were made using whatever materials were available. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "The colorful folk-art quilts of Gee’s Bend, Alabama," 1 June 2020 While the neutral Sunwave quilt is designed as a staple piece that Stockman envisions as a core product that will remain in their collection for years to come, the duvet colors are a limited run. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "One of the Coolest Textile Makers Dropped Colorful New Bedding," 11 May 2020 The quilt will be on display in the big red barn during the market season, and the winner will be drawn this fall. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Brunswick Historical Society sets opening day for farmers markets," 7 May 2020 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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2 Jul 2020

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“Quilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quilt. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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