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quilt

[kwilt] /kwɪlt/
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)
5.
to stitch together (two pieces of cloth and a soft interlining), usually in an ornamental pattern.
6.
to sew up between pieces of material.
7.
to pad or line with material.
verb (used without object)
8.
to make quilts or quilted work.
Origin of quilt
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English quilte < Old French cuilte < Latin culcita mattress, cushion
Related forms
quilter, noun
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Examples from the Web for quilter
Contemporary Examples
  • 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 15, 2009
Historical Examples
  • The rose especially is used again and again, and will always be the favourite flower of the quilter.

    Quilts Marie D. Webster
  • “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.

    Reviews Oscar Wilde
  • On the general principles of art Mr. quilter writes with equal lucidity.

    Reviews Oscar Wilde
  • Mr. quilter has missed his chance; for he has failed even to make himself the Tupper of Painting.

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

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

  • The running stitch used in quilting should be as small and even as it is possible for the quilter to make.

    Quilts Marie D. Webster
  • Perhaps in telling you that Mrs. quilter has two nephews, an idle and an industrious one, I have told you enough of the scheme.

British Dictionary definitions for quilter

quilt

/kwɪlt/
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 (transitive)
4.
to stitch together (two pieces of fabric) with (a thick padding or lining) between them: to quilt cotton and wool
5.
to create (a garment, covering, etc) in this way
6.
to pad with material
7.
(Austral, informal) to strike; clout
Derived Forms
quilter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French coilte mattress, from Latin culcita stuffed item of bedding
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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.

v.

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

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