verb (used with object)

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 quilter

Contemporary Examples of quilter

  • Cox has been quilting for 20 years and her latest book is The Quilter's Catalog: A Comprehensive Resource Guide.

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    Quilts for Obama

    Meg Cox

    May 16, 2009

Historical Examples of quilter

  • “We want everything you took from Quilter, the papers first,” he said.

  • About artists and their work Mr. Quilter has, of course, a great deal to say.


    Oscar Wilde

  • On the general principles of art Mr. Quilter writes with equal lucidity.


    Oscar Wilde

  • Mademoiselle Giraud was a quilter, and sometimes worked at Madam Galley's, which procured her free admission to the house.

  • How closely the lines are drawn depends wholly upon the ambition and diligence of the quilter.


    Marie D. Webster

British Dictionary definitions for quilter



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 quilter

late 13c. (late 12c. as a surname); agent noun from quilt (v.).



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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