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From Middle English quilte, quylte, from Anglo-Norman quilte and Old French coilte, cuilte (compare French couette), from Latin culcita. Doublet of quoit.


  • IPA(key): /kwɪlt/, [kʰw̥ɪlt]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪlt


quilt (plural quilts)

  1. A bed covering consisting of two layers of fabric stitched together, with insulation between, often having a decorative design.
    My grandmother is going to sew a quilt.
  2. A roll of material with sound-absorbing properties, used in soundproofing.
  3. A quilted skirt worn by women.

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quilt (third-person singular simple present quilts, present participle quilting, simple past and past participle quilted)

  1. To construct a quilt.
  2. To construct something, such as clothing, using the same technique.
    • 1648, Robert Herrick, “Corinna’s Going a Maying”, in Hesperides, or The VVorks both Humane & Divine, London: Printed for John Williams, and Francis Eglesfield, [], OCLC 951078816; republished in The Poetical Works of Robert Herrick, London: William Pickering, [], 1825, OCLC 779240046, pages 91–92:
      Get up, get up for shame, the blooming morne / Upon her wings presents the god unshorne. / See how Aurora throwes her faire / Fresh-quilted colours through the aire; / Get up, sweet slug-a-bed, and see / The dew bespangling herbe and tree.
  3. (UK, slang, obsolete) To beat or thrash.
    • 1884, Thomas Chandler Haliburton, The Clockmaker (page 113)
      I am glad, said Mr. Slick, that cussed critter, that schoolmaster, hasn't yet woke up. I'm most afeerd if he had aturned out afore we started, I should have quilted him, for that talk of his last night sticks in my crop considerable hard.

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quilt m (definite singular quilten, indefinite plural quiltar, definite plural quiltane)

  1. Alternative spelling of kvilt