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mattress

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noun mat·tress \ˈma-trəs\

Simple Definition of mattress

  • : a cloth case that is filled with material and used as a bed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mattress

  1. 1 a :  a fabric case filled with resilient material (as cotton, hair, feathers, foam rubber, or an arrangement of coiled springs) used either alone as a bed or on a bedstead b :  an inflatable airtight sack for use as a mattress

  2. 2 :  a device (as of interwoven brush and poles) used to protect a shoreline, bank, or streambed from erosion

Origin and Etymology of mattress

Middle English materas, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin materacium, from Arabic maṭraḥ place where something is thrown


First Known Use: 14th century



MATTRESS Defined for Kids

mattress

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noun mat·tress \ˈma-trəs\

Definition of mattress for Students

  1. :  a springy pad for use on a bed




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