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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 One winter, a storm dropped four feet of snow on Charlottesville, not so much a blanket as a thick quilt. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 14 Mar. 2020 Near the podium where Walker and others spoke were a quilt and large poster board with the faces of those whose lives were lost to gun violence. Jonathan Bullington, The Courier-Journal, "'They messed with the wrong mom': Activists rally for gun-safety laws at Kentucky Capitol," 13 Feb. 2020 When the temperatures outside dipped, the honeybees grabbed hold of each other’s legs to form a living quilt along the surface of the combs. National Geographic, "Photos from inside a tree reveal intimate lives of wild honeybees," 8 Feb. 2020 Donation to fidgeters: On Feb. 21, four members of the Fidget Quilt Circle of LifeSpring Community Church delivered 18 fidget quilts to the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities Children’s Services Department. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "One lesson was a cut above the rest: Whit & Whimsey," 6 Mar. 2020 Featured in the museum’s main gallery is Stitched: Contemporary Quilt Art from the International Quilt Festival Collection, which features 25 quilts from the Texas Quilt Museum. Houston Chronicle, "March 4-17: Quilt shows, performances and St. Pat’s parade lined up for northwest Houston," 2 Mar. 2020 Quilt exhibit: Through the end of February, the Chagrin Valley Quilters group is displaying its quilts at the Chagrin Falls Branch Library, 100 E. Orange St. The exhibit can be viewed during library hours. Contact 440-247-3556. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Take your valentine to a swinging Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra concert: Valley Views," 31 Jan. 2020 The rear of the building also features a design reminiscent of a star quilt. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "New shelter for homeless American Indian youths opens in St. Paul," 20 Nov. 2019 His actions, as opposed to his strategy documents, have been a quilt of contradictions. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Trump’s Choice: National Security or Political Obsession," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Artists have submitted everything from paintings and sculptures to quilt squares and jewelry. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Green Bay Peepers, Mount Peepmore and more art made from Peeps fill the Racine Art Museum with color every spring," 13 Mar. 2020 The velvet shoulder insets, bishop sleeves with drawstrings and heart-shaped quilting at the waist were inspired by Jeanne Lanvin’s fascination with medieval iconography. Lindsay Talbot, New York Times, "The Designer Ushering in a New Era for Lanvin," 26 Feb. 2020 This style features elastic cuffs and a snug hood to block cold air while its quilted design will keep the jacket’s fill from leaking through the seams. Kelsey Mulvey, Marie Claire, "Amazon Is Selling a Wantdo Winter Jacket for Under $60," 15 Jan. 2020 In addition, art classes are offered for adults and children in a variety of media, from painting to pottery, from basket-weaving to quilting. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "Celebrating art in the heart of Alabama’s Black Belt," 29 Jan. 2020 For many women, quilting is their main outlet for creative expression. Arkansas Online, "Four area artists included in SWOP exhibit," 30 Dec. 2019 In fact, for some gun owners, going to the range can yield the same kind of relaxation others get from quilting or reading. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Gifts for Target Shooters," 21 Nov. 2019 That night, after supper, with Gram quilting and Pop watching TV on low, Fly heard his grandparents begin to argue in their quiet, passive way: was the pastor a charlatan or a genuine man of God? Tiphanie Yanique, The New Yorker, "God’s Caravan," 28 Oct. 2019 In areas where traditional woodland grouse range and ag lands quilt together, grouse, while not grain eaters by nature, will slip out of the thick stuff and fill their crops in the stubble. Tom Davis, Field & Stream, "Tips for Hunting Ruffed Grouse in the Winter," 4 Dec. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for quilt

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

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Last Updated

30 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quilt. Accessed 3 Apr. 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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