mat·​tress ˈma-trəs How to pronounce mattress (audio)
plural mattresses
: 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
: a soft, airtight case that is designed to be inflated and used as a bed : air mattress
: a device (as of interwoven brush and poles) used to protect a shoreline, bank, or streambed from erosion

Examples of mattress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dust mites—which are microscopic, wingless bugs that can live in carpets, mattresses, and curtains—are the most common triggers of allergies and asthma. Leanne Potts, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 July 2024 Topo further ups the Rincon comfort level with a thicker 4-in (10-cm) dual-density trifold mattress. New Atlas, 10 July 2024 Whereas some memory foam mattress toppers can leave you feeling overheated at night, this one from Linenspa is infused with cooling gel that works to draw your body heat away from you in order to help keep you comfortable. Hyphensocial Contributors, Rolling Stone, 8 July 2024 The Four Seasons mattress, which customizes to your preferred level of firmness, encourages guests to sleep in and order room service (which happens to be offered 24 hours a day). Sarah Sekula, Travel + Leisure, 6 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for mattress 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of mattress was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mattress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


mat·​tress ˈma-trəs How to pronounce mattress (audio)
: a fabric case filled with springy material used as a bed or on a bedstead
: a sack that can be filled with air or water and used as a mattress
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