quillet

[ kwil-it ]
/ ˈkwɪl ɪt /
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noun Archaic.

a subtlety or quibble.

Nearby words

  1. quillback,
  2. quilled,
  3. quiller,
  4. quiller-couch,
  5. quiller-couch, sir arthur thomas,
  6. quillfish,
  7. quilling,
  8. quillon,
  9. quillwork,
  10. quillwort

Origin of quillet

1580–90; earlier quillity, variant of quiddity

Related formsquil·let·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for quillet

quillet

/ (ˈkwɪlɪt) /

noun

archaic a quibble or subtlety

Word Origin for quillet

C16: from earlier quillity, perhaps an alteration of quiddity

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Word Origin and History for quillet

quillet

n.

"a quibble," obsolete, "prob. a corruption of L. quidlibet 'what you please'" [Klein].

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