mattress

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noun mat·tress \ˈma-trəs\

Definition of mattress

  1. 1a :  a fabric case filled with resilient material (such as cotton, hair, feathers, foam rubber, or an arrangement of coiled springs) used either alone as a bed or on a bedsteadb :  an inflatable airtight sack for use as a mattress

  2. 2 :  a device (as of interwoven brush and poles) used to protect a shoreline, bank, or streambed from erosion

Origin and Etymology of mattress

Middle English materas, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin materacium, from Arabic maṭraḥ place where something is thrown


First Known Use: 14th century



MATTRESS Defined for English Language Learners

mattress

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noun mat·tress \ˈma-trəs\

Definition of mattress for English Language Learners

  • : a cloth case that is filled with material and used as a bed


MATTRESS Defined for Kids

mattress

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noun mat·tress \ˈma-trəs\

Definition of mattress for Students

  1. :  a springy pad for use on a bed


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