noun Archaic.

a subtlety or quibble.

Origin of quillet

1580–90; earlier quillity, variant of quiddity
Related formsquil·let·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quillets



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 quillets



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

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