\ 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

Millett creates work inspired by the nature of quilts — pieces in which disparate pieces come together to form a cohesive, sheltering whole. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: Jasmine Little etches the history of art into contemporary ceramics," 18 July 2019 The speaker is Shirley McGuire on wool applique with a trunk show of more than 40 quilts. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brother Benno’s plans luau fundraiser," 8 July 2019 Senior Center member Phyllis Small will bring a few of her quilts for display in celebration of Connecticut Hang-A-Quilt Day. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 15 June 2019 Through artistic expression utilizing the canvas of quilts, the artists of Women of Color Quilters Network have produced works reflecting social commentary on the civil rights movement and issues of race in America. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: June 10-16," 9 June 2019 This is the first showing of 24 works the foundation has given the Art Museum, including 15 of the distinctive quilts made by residents of Gee’s Bend, Ala. (215-763-8100, philamuseum.org) Sphinx of Ramses II, Penn Museum (moving day: June 13). Stephan Salisbury, https://www.inquirer.com, "N.C. Wyeth, Penn Museum’s moving sphinx, Gee’s Bend quilters, and more museum highlights," 5 June 2019 When the pair met, Boden told Neal that his words inspired her to make a quilt with white lilies, to symbolize new life. CBS News, "Woman meets "guardian angel" who donated liver. It wasn't the first organ he'd given away.," 1 July 2019 Like a quilt made up of different fabrics, these values and interests are the thread that holds a solution together, the almost invisible backbone that plays a critical role in bringing differing opinions to a mutual agreement. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Homelessness: Many sides of the same coin," 23 June 2019 In a serene, spongy wetland in Voyageurs National Park, a remote quilt of forests and lakes that blankets northern Minnesota, Tom Gable is investigating a violent slaying. Ben Goldfarb, National Geographic, "The secret lives of fish-eating, beaver-ambushing wolves of Minnesota," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Categories range from painting, photography and quilting to baking breads, pies and candy. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about the Hamilton County Fair," 16 July 2019 There will be special emphasis on quilting, spinning, cooking and basket making. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Old Town San Diego offering free historical events in July and August," 2 July 2019 Pat Luster designed and created the quilt while Sharon Zacarias quilted it. cleveland.com, "Frostville Museum reflects life in the 19th century: Olmsted Dates and Data," 28 June 2019 Coastal Quilt Artists is a group of artists who celebrate art quilting. BostonGlobe.com, "Paddling, quilts, and a citizens academy," 26 June 2019 Rotary also promotes international fellowship friendships through sharing hobbies such as bicycling, sailing and quilting. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Marta Knight," 24 June 2019 Her many interests include painting, sewing, quilting, and rug braiding. courant.com, "Jean Woolverton," 19 June 2019 As a nod to women’s more traditional activities, there is a club quilting department with about 35 members. Ruth Sowby Rands, latimes.com, "On the Town: Women’s organization holds annual tea, honors one of its members," 17 June 2019 Emily draws on personal narratives to create modern work-wear silhouettes, incorporating female-centric traditions of quilting, mending, and applique into each of her collections. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "This Year’s LVMH Prize Finalists Focus In On Sustainability In Fashion," 27 Mar. 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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The first known use of quilt was in the 14th century

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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


\ 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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