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)



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  • British.

    June 20, 2010

  • Never heard of the song though...

    June 20, 2010

  • Haha, this reminds me of my friend :)
    She calls it duvet, though I've always known it as duna.
    She's South African, and I've grown up in Australia.
    I suppose, that's the difference.

    She also calls rubbish bins, dust bins.
    And traffic lights, robots.
    The quirks that South African's put into the English language make me giggle, though I love them more each time I hear them.

    June 20, 2010

  • Great word and song.

    November 28, 2008

  • "And you don't seem to understand
    A shame you seemed an honest man
    And all the fears you hold so dear
    Will turn to whisper in your ear
    And you know what they say might hurt you
    And you know that it means so much
    And you don't even feel a thing"

    January 8, 2007