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

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 : a soft, airtight case that is designed to be inflated and used as a bed : air mattress
2 : 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 The Quility Weighted Blanket—which is filled with small glass beads—comes in weights ranging from five pounds all the way up to 30 (with 13 options total), six different colors, and five different sizes to suit any mattress. Ariel Scotti,, 14 Oct. 2021 In agreement, Neil Parikh, cofounder of mattress startup Casper, added that while businesspeople have ultimate control at the onset of the company, many more players have a hand in the outcome of the IPO. Abigail Freeman, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 The deal includes the free pillows, sheets and mattress protector. Mark Heim |, al, 9 Oct. 2021 While Naperville and Aurora may have more coffee shops by count, Geneva has more coffee shops per capita, according to a recent study released by sports performance mattress experts at Zoma Sleep. Suzanne Baker,, 1 Oct. 2021 The versatile bed sheets are available in 13 size options ranging from twin to California king, and come with unique feature options, like extra-deep pockets for beds with mattress toppers. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2021 Daybed mattress and bolster pillows: in fabric by C&C Milano. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 27 Sep. 2021 Take 25% off the Luxe Hardcore Sheet bundle. Save up to 30% on select bedding, mattresses and mattress toppers. Cassidy Olsen, Good Housekeeping, 27 Sep. 2021 Maybe in season two, the gang will become unlikely podcast celebrities and have to contend with an overeager mental-health service/meal-kit box/mattress-ad rep who lives upstairs. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 15 Sep. 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Mattress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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