mat·​tress | \ ˈma-trəs How to pronounce mattress (audio) \

Definition of mattress

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 bedstead
b : an inflatable airtight sack for use as a mattress
2 : a device (as of interwoven brush and poles) used to protect a shoreline, bank, or streambed from erosion

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The Spa Sensations by Zinus 12-inch Theratouch mattress is one of those customer-favorite mattresses that reviewers absolutely swear by. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "More Than 5,000 People Swear by This Mattress, and It's on Sale at Walmart Right Now," 26 Feb. 2019 Purple: Now through February 18, buy one Purple Plush Pillow and get a second one free, plus pick a free gift with the purchase of any mattress. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The Best Presidents’ Day 2019 Sales," 14 Feb. 2019 Sun dry the sofa or mattress for several hours to remove odors or use a fan. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019 There are plenty of vegan baby products on the market now, such as Maisonette’s vegan crib mattress or Estella’s organic rattles. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Outfit Their New Child? A Look Back at Royally Beloved Baby Accessories," 28 Jan. 2019 Think Pink Prize To every product advertised on the New York City subway, from mattresses to handbags to Hims, on a pink background with blue sans-serif type and hints of cactus green. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 Box told the Forth Worth Star-Telegram that John Miller took a mattress Howard placed in a dumpster in the nearby alleyway out of the dumpster, and threw it on Howard's property. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Texas father and son allegedly killed neighbor over mattress in trash bin: video released," 20 Sep. 2018 Another questionable decision made at the scene was the removal of a bloodstained mattress. Jeremy Gorner,, "Cook County watchdog clears medical examiner's office in probe into Chicago cop's apparent suicide," 2 July 2018 Right now, there's a New Year's deal on mattresses. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Where to Find the Best Presidents' Day Sales of 2019," 28 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of mattress

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mattress

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

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English Language Learners Definition of mattress

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


mat·​tress | \ ˈma-trəs How to pronounce mattress (audio) \

Kids Definition of mattress

: a springy pad for use on a bed

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