ei·​der·​down | \ ˈī-dər-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce eiderdown (audio) \

Definition of eiderdown

1 : the down of the eider
2 : a comforter filled with eiderdown
3 : a soft lightweight clothing fabric knitted or woven and napped on one or both sides

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Recent Examples on the Web Another unusual feature of eiderdown is that the feathers cling together into a single mass. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "Eiderdown Is Nature’s Perfect Duvet," 6 Feb. 2020 Most natural products retain something of their original function when they are put to a new use: nestled in a duvet, eiderdown provides us with warmth; a glass of milk offers us nutrition. 1843, "My quest to understand the appeal of bird’s nest soup," 22 Nov. 2019 The felt yurts were full of carpets and eiderdowns, with cast-iron stoves to keep them warm and snug through the cold nights. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yurts, Eagle Hunters and Rugged Solitude in Kyrgyzstan," 12 Oct. 2019 How many homes have pressed sheets, or towels and robes as soft and white and warm as eiderdown? Kevin Doyle, WSJ, "24 Famous Globe-Trotters on the Hotels They Love Most," 27 Apr. 2018 Fluffy eiderdown duvets and crisp Georg Jensen damask linens offer the right dose of European pampering. Condé Nast Traveler, "House of Finn Juhl Hakuba," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of eiderdown

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eiderdown

probably from German Eiderdaune, from Icelandic æthardūnn, from æthur + dūnn down entry 7

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“Eiderdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eiderdown. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eiderdown

: soft feathers that come from ducks and that are used in warm clothing and bed covers
: a bed cover made with eiderdown

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