eiderdown

noun
ei·der·down | \ˈī-dər-ˌdau̇n \

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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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

noun

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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