resembling a quilt, as in texture, design, stitching, etc.
padded, filled, or stitched in the manner of a quilt.

Origin of quilted

First recorded in 1525–35; quilt + -ed2
Related formsun·quilt·ed, adjective




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 formsquilt·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for quilted

Contemporary Examples of quilted

Historical Examples of quilted

  • She was as afraid of him as of the masterful dead woman in the quilted wrapper.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • The rest of us quilted a while by candles, and got the second quilt done at about seven.


    Marie D. Webster

  • He had taken off his mail, and wore only his quilted white under-tunic.

  • The quilt was of pink satin, and it was quilted in patterns.

    Short Stories

    Fiodor Dostoievski

  • Quilted Helmet of nearly the same form as fig. 20, from India.

    The Evolution of Culture

    Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers

British Dictionary definitions for quilted



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 (tr)

to stitch together (two pieces of fabric) with (a thick padding or lining) between themto quilt cotton and wool
to create (a garment, covering, etc) in this way
to pad with material
Australian informal to strike; clout
Derived Formsquilter, noun

Word Origin for quilt

C13: from Old French coilte mattress, from Latin culcita stuffed item of bedding
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Word Origin and History for quilted



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).

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