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quillet

[kwil-it]
noun Archaic.
  1. a subtlety or quibble.
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Origin of quillet

1580–90; earlier quillity, variant of quiddity
Related formsquil·let·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • You may take the witness, if you wish to cross-examine her, said Mr. Quillet.

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    William C. Falkner

  • Quillet, whispered Hogjaw, you have caught a tartar, I think.

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    William C. Falkner

  • Wallingford was then turned over to Mr. Quillet for cross-examination.

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    William C. Falkner

  • Stop, said Quillet, dont tell anything about what your husband said.

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    William C. Falkner

  • We ask your Honor to exclude what defendant said, exclaimed Quillet.

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British Dictionary definitions for quillet

quillet

noun
  1. archaic a quibble or subtlety
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Word Origin

C16: from earlier quillity, perhaps an alteration of quiddity
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Word Origin and History for quillet

n.

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

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