how to pronounce quill


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quill is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of quill in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… was addicted to mine I Clos my quill pen …”

meanings of quill


  1. The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments.
  2. The pen of a squid.
  3. The tube of a musical instrument.
  4. A sharply pointed, barbed, and easily detached needle-like structure that grows on the skin of a porcupine or hedgehog as a defense against predators.
  5. A thin piece of bark, especially of cinnamon or cinchona, curled up into a tube.
  6. The lower shaft of a feather, specifically the region lacking barbs.
  7. Any pen.
  8. A pen made from a feather.
  9. Something having the form of a quill, such as the fold or plain of a ruff, or (weaving) a spindle, or spool, upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a shuttle.


  1. To form fabric into small, rounded folds.
  2. To subject (a woman who is giving birth) to the practice of quilling (blowing pepper into her nose to induce or hasten labor).
  3. To pierce or be pierced with quills.
  4. To write.
  5. To decorate with quillwork.


  1. A surname​.

quill frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word quill occurs in english on average 1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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