\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

The Indian women who work with the Anchal Project are paid a fair living wage for their work that involves making intricately hand-stitched quilts, scarves, pillows, jackets and table linens from organic cotton and vintage saris. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "These one-of-a-kind textiles are empowering Louisville women," 13 July 2018 Incorporated into quilts, the motif was used within the Underground Railroad to signal support for enslaved people’s escape. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 To read her is like viewing the AIDS quilt, which overwhelms the viewer with the care taken in each of its numberless panels. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Exhibit curator found her way in the world, now helps others," 8 July 2018 Last year, more than 190 quilts were given out to community members and hundreds of hats to various organizations. Vagney Bradley, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress women spread compassion by making quilts and hats," 27 Mar. 2018 For more information on the quilt show, call Diana Schlosser at 630-554-9367 or Sue Matile at 630-554-8743. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "PrairieFest Quilt Show coming to Oswego," 8 June 2018 Children can also tie-dye T-shirts and create quilt squares. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "8 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 17 May 2018 Taylor spearheads an annual project, the March Quilts, that encourages participants to create small quilt blocks illustrating specific civil rights or human rights themes. Mary Colurso, AL.com, "Cool Spaces: This live-work building in Crestwood makes artists' dreams come true," 19 Apr. 2018 Those uniforms have been inspired by Americana, with candy stripes harkening back to the Yankees in Torino, a blue jeans and flannel shirt look in Vancouver and a quilt theme in Sochi. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "After adversarial start, Burton and U.S. Ski and Snowboard are on the same page," 8 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Learn about two styles of quilting in America and make a sample of your own from construction paper. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "The circus is in town, plus Valentine's Day events. Here's what to do in Louisville," 7 Feb. 2018 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

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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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