mat·tress | \ˈma-trəs \

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 consumer products include tuna, salmon and other fish, luggage, tires, dog leashes, handbags, baseball gloves, furniture, apparel, mattresses, electric lamps and television cameras and well as components in telephones and flat panel displays. Bob Davis, WSJ, "U.S. Unveils Additional Tariffs on $200 Billion More in Chinese Imports," 10 July 2018 Bedbugs hide in mattresses, bed frames, baseboards, outlets, furniture and carpets. Julia Terruso,, "What to know about bedbug prevention, treatment," 5 July 2018 And over at Vox is a wonderful show, for example, Today Explained, a rival daily show, and the host reads an ad about mattresses, which is actually very ... Recode Staff, Recode, "The New York Times’ The Daily podcast host Michael Barbaro talks with Kara Swisher," 29 June 2018 People gathered in minivans and tractors in the morning, loading them with mattresses, water tanks, and furniture. Tom Perry, The Christian Science Monitor, "Small group of Syrian refugees in Lebanon head home," 28 June 2018 Recently, Pruitt’s alleged abuses of power have involved Chick-fil-A franchises, a secondhand mattress from a Trump hotel, and, per the latest reports, a particular brand of lotion that’s apparently a Ritz-Carlton special. Li Zhou, Vox, "“The waste of taxpayer money matters”: Republican lawmakers are getting fed up with Pruitt," 7 June 2018 Koenig said bed category, which includes all kinds of beds and mattresses, make up about 20 percent of City Furniture’s sales. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "City Furniture bringing waterbeds back," 4 June 2018 Unsecured household goods like mattresses, furniture, and kitchen items are also the norm. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "A lost load of butchered pig heads made Houston traffic a little worse this week," 25 May 2018 Photos released by the sheriff’s office suggest the men were hauling bikes, alfalfa pellets, electric fans, a mattress, a volleyball and even Bounty paper towels in addition to the live animals. Jared Gilmour, star-telegram, "Drivers crammed 117 animals into piping-hot U-Hauls for 7-state road trip, TX deputies say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 15 May 2018

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

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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 \

Kids Definition of mattress

: a springy pad for use on a bed

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