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

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The home showed signs of a swift departure: uneaten bowls of popcorn on the futon, vegetables left out to rot. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "McStay murder trial: Man is convicted of killing family and burying their bodies in the Mojave Desert," 10 June 2019 He initially was placed in a room of three tatami mats, about 80 square feet, and was sleeping on a futon, but was moved to a larger room with a bed, the lawyer said. Peter Landers, WSJ, "After 50 Long Days in Jail, Ghosn Is Sharp as He Prepares His Defense," 8 Jan. 2019 Adding their own furniture like a white futon couch helped with this stressful scenario of turning standard-issue dorm furniture into a homey refuge. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "Mississippi State University Dorm Decor," 22 Aug. 2018 Swap out your usual throw pillows from your bed or futon and use this adorable one instead. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "9 Holiday Decor Items Under $50," 3 Dec. 2018 When that June day comes, and the futon-and-cinderblock-bookshelf crowd is laughing at you, oomph is out, and the minimalist look seems poised for a comeback. David Netto, Town & Country, "One Interior Designer on the Subtle Art of Decorating a Dorm Room," 12 July 2018 Your futon from Wayfair can handle a Domino's pizza box; Middleton's couch, which the queen could potentially nap on, can't. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Just Put Prince William on Blast For This 'Nightmare' Habit," 6 Dec. 2018 Guests typically eat a vegetarian dinner and breakfast in private dining rooms at the shukubo, and sleep on futons on a tatami mat floor. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Brutal hours aren’t just for salarymen: Japanese monk sues temple for overwork," 17 May 2018 After taking the drug, the patient lies on a futon amid candles and fresh flowers, listening to music. Dave Philipps, New York Times, "Ecstasy as PTSD Relief for Soldiers: ‘I Was Able to Forgive Myself.’," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of futon

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of futon was in 1876

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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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