fu·​ton | \ ˈfü-ˌtän How to pronounce futon (audio) \
plural futons also futon

Definition of futon

: a usually cotton-filled mattress used on the floor or in a frame as a bed, couch, or chair

Examples of futon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bed: Don’t have an extra mattress, futon or sleeper sofa? oregonlive, "10 ways to make room for more family at home," 17 Mar. 2020 Gordillo and the kids stayed on a futon at her brother’s house while her husband slept elsewhere. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "The Coronavirus Spurs a Movement of People Reclaiming Vacant Homes," 28 Mar. 2020 The partners rented warehouse space, and Steinmetz slept on a futon there with no Internet and no cell reception. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dry hard ciders used to be the rage in Wisconsin. A new cider maker wants to bring that back," 17 Mar. 2020 Capacity crowds of up to 200 stand or sink into Manny’s coveted couches and futons at many events. Bob Cooper, Fortune, "Politics with your coffee? These cafés are taking sides," 9 Mar. 2020 Rooms are spacious and serene, with shoji sliding doors, an enormous futon bed, and a bathroom that could be a spa. Anna Chittenden, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Stay in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics," 30 Jan. 2020 Now, instead of sleeping on futons in their old living room, the couple’s sons, ages 8 and 14, share a room decorated with superheros and video game characters in the four-bedroom, $800-a-month house in Auburndale, east of Lakeland. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "After historic pay raises, a family of Disney workers can finally afford to move to a bigger home," 5 Dec. 2019 The Bachelorette runner-up, 26, took to his Instagram Stories on Tuesday to document his move from crashing on a futon to a luxury high-rise building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Tyler Cameron Says 'Goodbye Futon' As He Moves Into Luxury NYC High-Rise Near Gigi Hadid," 1 Oct. 2019 Welcoming orange futons in organic shapes on the floor nestle together like puzzle pieces, while simple drums and rattles made from gourds are tethered to the cushions. Los Angeles Times, "Review: With the Amazon rainforest on fire, Ernesto Neto’s art opens a jungle clearing," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of futon

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Futon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futon. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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: a mattress that is used on the floor or in a frame as a bed, couch, or chair

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