has·​sock | \ ˈha-sək How to pronounce hassock (audio) \

Definition of hassock

1 : tussock
2a : a cushion for kneeling a church hassock
b : a padded cushion or low stool that serves as a seat or leg rest

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For example, a coffee table is not important in front of the sofa, but a hassock with a tray filled with casual accessories is. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bay Area home style: Say hello to beachy boho, coastal cool," 2 July 2019 Others include Healthy Girl, which promotes menstrual hygiene through sanitary towels made of washable cotton, and Funny Design, which creates hassocks and jewelry out of recycled clothes and plastic bottles. Lova Rabary-rakotondravony, The Christian Science Monitor, "How one Madagascar program grooms young entrepreneurs, leaders," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of hassock

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hassock

Middle English, sedge, from Old English hassuc

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The first known use of hassock was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of hassock

: a cushion that you kneel on while praying
US : a cushion or soft stool that is used as a seat or for resting your feet


has·​sock | \ ˈha-sək How to pronounce hassock (audio) \

Kids Definition of hassock

: a firm stuffed cushion used as a seat or leg rest

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