from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A quilt, usually with a washable cover, that may be used in place of a bedspread and top sheet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thick, padded quilt used instead of blankets.
- n. A cover for a quilt or comforter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A quilt or comfortable stuffed with swans' down or eider-down.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a soft quilt usually filled with the down of the eider
French, down, from Old French, alteration of dumet, diminutive of dum, dun, from Old Norse dūnn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French duvet, from Middle French, from Old French duvet ("down, the feathers of young birds"), alteration of dumet, dumect, from Old French dum, dun ("down, feathers"), from Old Norse dúnn ("down, down feather"), from Proto-Germanic *dūnaz (“down”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhūw- (“to smoke, fume, raise dust”). Cognate with Icelandic dúnn ("down"), Danish dun ("down"), German Daune ("down"). More at down. (Wiktionary)