One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating or characterized by a style of upholstery or embroidery in which the material is drawn in at intervals to present a quilted appearance.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Young Englishwoman. From French capitonné, use as adjective of past participle of capitonner to upholster, especially in a style which presents a quilted appearance, to pad from capiton silk or linen flock, sleave silk, particular style of upholstery from Italian † capitone irregularity in a silk thread, probably from classical Latin capit-, caput head + Italian -one.
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