futon

noun

fu·​ton ˈfü-ˌtän How to pronounce futon (audio)
plural futons also 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 My van life journey started with a 20-year-old minivan retrofitted with a futon mattress in the back. Olivia Young, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2024 The futon store opened in 1993, one year before Bauer began working at it. David Clarey, Journal Sentinel, 11 Mar. 2024 Keep in Mind This futon is not the best choice for those seeking larger futons as this one is on the smaller side. Jenna Clark, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Feb. 2024 Currently under construction is a third tree house, dubbed the Trophy Tree House, which will have a Japanese tea room theme and be equipped with two futons, a flushable toilet, and a rooftop viewing area. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 The couple in front of me unfurls what looks like a futon mattress before arranging pillows and blankets on top of it. Dustin Nelson, SPIN, 1 Feb. 2024 The majority of the rooms feature Western-style sleeping arrangements, where futons are replaced with comfy beds and tatami mats are swapped for heated wooden flooring. Christina Liao, Vogue, 30 Dec. 2023 Shoppers won’t want to miss out on this coffee table that’s 51 percent off, plus there’s a sofa bed that easily transforms into a comfortable futon, priced at $260. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 Most of the spacious rooms are Western in style, with beds rather than futons, and trade in tatami mats for wooden flooring. Christina Liao, Vogue, 18 Oct. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Japanese

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of futon was in 1876

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“Futon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futon. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

futon

noun
ˈfü-ˌtän
plural futons also futon
: a usually cotton-filled mattress used on the floor or in a frame as a bed, couch, or chair
Etymology

Japanese

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