\ 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 The quilt will be on view through February, at which time it will not be shown again for another five years due to conservation protocols. Seth Combs, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 Lewis-Giggetts’ new tome adds a square to the quilt of Black radical imagination, posing the question: What type of world do Blacks imagine? Darryl Robertson, USA TODAY, 1 Feb. 2022 We are blessed to have a quilt of different people. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 14 Oct. 2021 Those sections would then be stitched together, like pieces of a quilt, until a near-complete genome was done. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Mar. 2022 It was decided to spread some on tables, hang some on large wooden drying racks and drape others over quilt racks standing atop the tables. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 Her quilt is one of hundreds that highlight the talent of modern fiber artists from around the globe on display at the National Quilt Museum. Tracey Teo, ajc, 28 Mar. 2022 The latter artist’s piece, originally created in 1997, tells the story of her life via an acrylic painting framed in a quilt. Seth Combs, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Dec. 2021 In another, the woman’s 6-day-old baby lay swaddled in a blue-and-white quilt, eyes closed. Sarah Smith, ProPublica, 7 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the Sears quilt the white-silk tops of its 360 cubes have been signed in ink by the leading lights of mid-1800s America. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 18 Sep. 2021 Creative exhibitions have ranged from fingernail art to quilt design. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 16 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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“Quilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quilt. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for quilt


\ 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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