quilt

noun
\ 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

quilt

verb
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

Verb

quilter noun

Examples of quilt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The quilt was one of a dozen Lawrence lent the downtown museum for a temporary exhibit in 2018 that was extended until this July. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, 26 Aug. 2021 Cameron’s grid is a quilt of glamorous shots of a gorgeous young woman falling in and out of love, replete with crying selfies and captions about anxiety attacks. Maria Sherman, refinery29.com, 14 July 2021 Afghanistan — a nation with a brutal history, but also home to beautiful natural wonders and a quilt of cultures — is now the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 Grabbing a quilt made by her daughter in 2003 was as much an emotional decision for Van Zandt as a practical one. Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2021 The facts and the fiction of women’s lives, acclaimed and pedestrian, become a quilt in the court of public opinion. Brooklyn White, Essence, 13 Aug. 2021 There are thousands of coaches, teachers, volunteers and other supporters, the vast majority (but not all) modestly compensated, a quilt knitted together by a common passion for their ancient sport. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2021 This includes, for example, a three-dimensional geometric wall piece by contemporary artist Sanford Biggers that employs an antique quilt as its source material. Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2021 Beaded board and grass cloth speak to the details in this space, where a handmade quilt from Newfoundland covers the bed and hand-painted lampshades sit atop antique nightstands. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 In studies at Wake Forest Baptist Health, masks made with quilting fabric rivaled the filtration efficiency of surgical masks. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of quilt

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1555, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for quilt

Noun

Middle English quilte mattress, quilt, from Anglo-French coilte, from Latin culcita mattress

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Time Traveler for quilt

Time Traveler

The first known use of quilt was in the 14th century

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Dictionary Entries Near quilt

Quilmes

quilt

quilted maple

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Last Updated

13 Sep 2021

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“Quilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quilt. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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quilt

noun

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

quilt

noun
\ 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

quilt

verb
quilted; quilting

Kids Definition of quilt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stitch or sew together as in making a quilt

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