[doo-vey, dyoo-]


a usually down-filled quilt, often with a removable cover; comforter.

Origin of duvet

1750–60; < French: down (plumage), Middle French, alteration of dumet, derivative of Old French dumOld Norse dūnn down2
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  • But she improved it: "You must have it after you're in bed, and you must have my duvet."

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan

  • He put his face down in her duvet and smelled the cotton covers and her nighttime sweat, like a spice, like cinnamon.

  • The only covering consisted of a single blanket, and the duvet or down pillow, always found upon the foot of continental beds.

  • After a while he lowered himself on to the bed, and lay between Miss Showers and myself on the outside of the duvet.

    There is no Death

    Florence Marryatt

British Dictionary definitions for duvet



another name for continental quilt
Also called: duvet jacket a down-filled jacket used esp by mountaineers

Word Origin for duvet

C18: from French, from earlier dumet, from Old French dum down ²
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Word Origin and History for duvet

1758, from French duvet "down," earlier dumet, diminutive of dum "down."

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