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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 Writer Cord Jefferson honored the victims of 1921’s Tulsa Massacre, an act of terror nearly scrubbed from history that Watchmen helped recontextualize into an origin story for this quilt that is America. Darren Franich, EW.com, "A pretty good Emmys made a poor case for TV’s importance, but at least we could watch Watchmen: Review," 21 Sep. 2020 Tyler Perry, in accepting the Governors Award, gave an impassioned speech about realizing the value of his grandmother’s quilt that was, frankly, more moving and effective than most of his films. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Thanks to COVID-19, a virtual hit-and-miss Emmy Awards were weird — but perfectly fitting," 21 Sep. 2020 The good news is that there are plenty of easy ways to upgrade them, like this hack using fabric and quilt batting from designer Keita Turner. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, "9 Smart Ways to Personalize a Rental When You Can't Paint," 17 Sep. 2020 Crump said this was the biggest quilt she's ever made, measuring 6½ by 5½ feet. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis quilting shows offer 'a soft place to land' on a hard topic – racism," 10 Sep. 2020 Radford uses elements of folk art, pop art, textiles, and quilt patterns common to homes in her native Tennessee. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al, "‘This girl can’ mural celebrates 100 years of voting rights," 19 Aug. 2020 So far, the volunteers have stitched the quilt blocks into 27 mosaics, but that number could rise, as the museum is still accepting submissions. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From London to Cedarburg, more than 500 pandemic-themed quilts from across the world tell the story of quarantine," 9 Sep. 2020 Our way is a quilt, uniting 140 partner organizations to wrap our neighbors in the warmth of hope. The Enquirer, "Submit your video for the United Way Manifesto Contest," 4 Sep. 2020 Tuft & Needle Get 10% off sitewide (excluding the quilt) during Tuft & Needle’s Labor Day Sale through September 7. Erin Parker, Glamour, "19 Best Labor Day Mattress Sales and Deals of 2020," 2 Sep. 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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24 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quilt. Accessed 1 Oct. 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


\ 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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