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 Each of the 52 dogs in treatment has a kennel the size of a small dorm room: glass doors and walls, a futon to nap on, and saloon doors to their own fenced dog run. Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone, 4 July 2022 Think of it as the sofa-bed or futon of the ocean as the bed can be reconfigured to a couch easily, reflecting Virgin's emphasis that this is a social ship rather than a place to quietly get away from it all. Rachel King, Fortune, 28 May 2022 Kimberly McQueen was spending Friday afternoon at home with her kids, watching TV on the futon and waiting for her husband to come home from work. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 24 May 2022 Available as a convertible futon, there's an arm rest option for a more sofa-like appearance. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 Burr was 37, sleeping on a futon, scared and depressed. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022 The structure could just as easily make Ford the futon of automakers—kind of good at EVs, kind of good at internal combustion, but not excelling at either. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 2 Mar. 2022 The Court of Appeals acknowledged that Blount’s apartment in Northwest Baltimore — where there was no telephone and only a futon for Blount to sleep on — was not his home. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, 25 Oct. 2021 One showed a young man resting on a floral futon, playing with his cell phone, while covered by a damask blanket; in another, two men sprawled naked on a hotel bed, swathed in earthy reds reminiscent of a Francis Bacon. Dennis Zhou, The New Yorker, 28 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of futon

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for futon


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8 Jul 2022

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“Futon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futon. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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