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Quillet

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Quillet Subtilty; nicety; quibble. "Nice, sharp quillets of the law."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quillet A furrow.
    • n quillet A croft, or small separate piece of ground.
    • n quillet A nicety or subtlety; a quibble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Quillet kwil′et a trick in argument: a petty quibble.
    • n Quillet kwil′et (prov.) a furrow: a small croft.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. quidlibet, what you please. Cf. Quiddit, and Quibble

Usage

In literature:

Pr'ythee, keep up thy quillets.
"Othello, the Moor of Venice" by William Shakespeare
They were sitting thus mute, when the door opened to admit the old tutor of Cinq-Mars, the Abbe Quillet, who entered, limping slightly.
"Cinq Mars, Complete" by Alfred de Vigny
He aided his employer by lending him the name of Francois Quillet.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
His father was a business lawyer, with a sharp nose for technicalities, quirks and quillets, but the son studied law as a literary curiosity.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
The noted Abbot Quillet wrote a book in Latin on the subject.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
One Quillet, after much grave reflection, went to see the Minister and give him warning.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
Quillet,' said the judge, 'are you ready to proceed with the Bramlett case?
"The White Rose of Memphis" by William C. Falkner
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