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[kwilt] /kwɪlt/
a coverlet for a bed, made of two layers of fabric with some soft substance, as wool or down, between them and stitched in patterns or tufted through all thicknesses in order to prevent the filling from shifting.
anything quilted or resembling a quilt.
a bedspread or counterpane, especially a thick one.
Obsolete. a mattress.
verb (used with object)
to stitch together (two pieces of cloth and a soft interlining), usually in an ornamental pattern.
to sew up between pieces of material.
to pad or line with material.
verb (used without object)
to make quilts or quilted work.
Origin of quilt
1250-1300; Middle English quilte < Old French cuilte < Latin culcita mattress, cushion
Related forms
quilter, noun Unabridged
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  • The girl reached the plate to him, but the king's son threw off the quilt, and said: 'You old sinner, why did you want to kill me?

    Grimms' Fairy Tales The Brothers Grimm
  • He pulled a quilt from under Slim and wrapped it about his own shoulders.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • Coir matting was next the floor boards, then a thick Chinese quilt (a pukai), then a Scotch plaid made in Geelong.

    An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison
  • The quilt has a tradition of long centuries of slow but certain progress.

    Quilts Marie D. Webster
  • Lucy gurgled with laughter, which she stifled under the quilt for fear of waking her great-grandmother.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
  • In Germany the quilt so familiar to us is practically unknown.

    Quilts Marie D. Webster
  • This is a comforter, a quilt, for the Spiders babies, softer than any swans down and warm as toast.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for quilt


a thick warm cover for a bed, consisting of a soft filling sewn between two layers of material, usually with crisscross seams
a bedspread or counterpane
anything quilted or resembling a quilt
verb (transitive)
to stitch together (two pieces of fabric) with (a thick padding or lining) between them: to quilt cotton and wool
to create (a garment, covering, etc) in this way
to pad with material
(Austral, informal) to strike; clout
Derived Forms
quilter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French coilte mattress, from Latin culcita stuffed item of bedding
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Word Origin and History for quilt

c.1300, "mattress with soft lining," from Anglo-French quilte, Old French cuilte, coute "quilt, mattress" (12c.), from Latin culcita "mattress, bolster," of unknown origin. Sense of "thick outer bed covering" is first recorded 1590s.


1550s, from quilt (n.). Related: Quilted; quilting. Quilting bee attested from 1824 (see bee).


1550s, from quilt (n.). Related: Quilted; quilting. Quilting bee attested from 1824 (see bee).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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