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[doo-vey, dyoo-] /duˈveɪ, dyu-/
a usually down-filled quilt, often with a removable cover; comforter.
Origin of duvet
1750-60; < French: down (plumage), Middle French, alteration of dumet, derivative of Old French dumOld Norse dūnn down2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for duvet
  • When you're shopping for duvet covers, consider making your own to create exactly the look you want.
  • Angelique is a floral pattern printed on cotton sateen that appears as a duvet cover, pillowcases and a sham.
  • Splatter yolk or syrup on it, and the whole duvet cover must go into the laundry.
  • It's left to rise overnight and baked in wide, billowing loaves the thickness of a winter-weight duvet.
  • Rooms and suites come with luxurious pillow-top mattresses, plush duvet, and designer pillows.
  • The soft white of the sheet, with darker white shadows in the folds of the duvet.
  • The bed was big and soft, covered in a thick, tastefully pink duvet.
  • Replace electric blankets with a good feather quilt or down duvet.
  • duvet cover a decorative and protective covering for a duvet.
British Dictionary definitions for duvet


another name for continental quilt
Also called duvet jacket. a down-filled jacket used esp by mountaineers
Word Origin
C18: from French, from earlier dumet, from Old French dumdown²
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Word Origin and History for duvet

1758, from French duvet "down," earlier dumet, diminutive of dum "down."

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