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 Note, this futon will only comfortably sleep one person. Korin Miller, Forbes, 25 May 2021 And then my mom and I would sleep on a futon in the living room. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Apr. 2021 In other words, paying for a futon with Bitcoin isn't a sales transaction in the eyes of the IRS. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, 14 Jan. 2021 The Bean features a fold-up futon for the bed that can be used to create an indoor seating area around a stowable table if the weather goes south. Will Taylor, Outside Online, 28 Nov. 2020 The couple made tea and took a seat on a futon on the back deck, which has a view of Mt. Hamilton and the Lick Observatory. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, 16 Sep. 2020 Students will not be allowed to bring in their own furniture, such as a futon, and will not be able to personalize the configuration of the rooms. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Aug. 2020 Next, the man reportedly took his handgun from underneath a futon, took it to his car, and left. cleveland, 3 July 2020 Bed: Don’t have an extra mattress, futon or sleeper sofa? oregonlive, 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of futon

1876, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jun 2021

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“Futon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futon. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of futon

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

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