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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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  • The only covering consisted of a single blanket, and the duvet or down pillow, always found upon the foot of continental beds.

    An American Girl Abroad Adeline Trafton
  • But she improved it: "You must have it after you're in bed, and you must have my duvet."

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • He put his face down in her duvet and smelled the cotton covers and her nighttime sweat, like a spice, like cinnamon.

  • After a while he lowered himself on to the bed, and lay between Miss Showers and myself on the outside of the duvet.

    There is no Death Florence Marryatt
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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