quilt [kwilt] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. 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.
  2. anything quilted or resembling a quilt.
  3. a bedspread or counterpane, especially a thick one.
  4. Obsolete. a mattress.

verb (used with object)

  1. to stitch together (two pieces of cloth and a soft interlining), usually in an ornamental pattern.
  2. to sew up between pieces of material.
  3. to pad or line with material.

verb (used without object)

  1. to make quilts or quilted work.

Origin of quilt 1250–1300; Middle English quilte Old French cuilte Latin culcita mattress, cushionRelated formsquilt·er, noun 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.

    Quilts for Obama

    Meg Cox

    May 16, 2009

  • Historical Examples of quilter

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

    The Cattle-Baron’s Daughter

    Harold Bindloss

  • 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.

    The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete

    Jean Jacques Rousseau

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


    Marie D. Webster

  • British Dictionary definitions for quilter quilt noun

    1. a thick warm cover for a bed, consisting of a soft filling sewn between two layers of material, usually with crisscross seams
    2. a bedspread or counterpane
    3. anything quilted or resembling a quilt

    verb (tr)

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

    Derived Formsquilter, nounWord Origin for quilt C13: from Old French coilte mattress, from Latin culcita stuffed item of bedding Word Origin and History for quilter n.

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

    quilt n.

    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.

    quilt v.

    1550s, from quilt (n.). Related: Quilted; quilting. Quilting bee attested from 1824 (see bee).

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