com·​fort·​er | \ ˈkəm(p)-fər-tər How to pronounce comforter (audio) , ˈkəm(p)-fə-tər \

Definition of comforter

1a capitalized : holy spirit
b : one that gives comfort
2a : a long narrow usually knitted neck scarf
b : a thick bed covering made of two layers of cloth containing a filling (such as down)

Examples of comforter in a Sentence

He was her longtime confidant and comforter.
Recent Examples on the Web Nurses have become comforters — holding their patients’ hands, brushing their hair before FaceTime calls with relatives. Los Angeles Times, "Hospitals prepare for wave of mental health disorders among their workers," 6 May 2020 These Extra Sticky Pet Hair Lint Rollers from Scotch-Brite™ Brand are an easy way to do a daily touch-up of everything from pillows to heavy comforters. Elizabeth Sheldon, Country Living, "Before Adopting a New Dog, Make Sure You Have These Essentials," 15 Apr. 2020 Many people use their bedspreads and comforters as blankets. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Lunchtime get-togethers ruined by kids running amok," 19 Apr. 2020 Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Wedding portrait recreated with the help of a quilted comforter and a plastic bucket. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Quarantine Is Changing the Way We Laugh," 2 Apr. 2020 The project’s report was instrumental in declaring adult pillows and comforters as infant suffocation hazards. Washington Post, "Dozens of infant deaths have been tied to a popular baby product. But regulators are too paralyzed to act.," 23 Nov. 2019 Knowing how to wash an electric blanket isn't as intuitive as washing a comforter or standard sheets (in your organized laundry room, of course). Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "Here's How To Wash an Electric Blanket," 28 Jan. 2020 The colorful, structural piece makes Clark look like an alien wrapped up in a comforter. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "St. Vincent and Matty Bovan Collaborate on a Surreal Party Dress for a New Art Installation," 26 Nov. 2019 Also wipe down bed posts and bedside tables, and launder all bedding weekly, including sheets, comforters and pillowcases. NBC News, "8 commonly neglected items that need a good cleaning before allergy season," 22 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of comforter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Comforter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of comforter

: someone who helps you to feel less worried, upset, frightened, etc. : someone who comforts you
US : a thick bed covering that is filled with a soft light material (such as feathers)


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Kids Definition of comforter

1 : a person or thing that gives relief to someone suffering grief or trouble

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