mattress

noun mat·tress \ ˈma-trəs \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of mattress

1 a : 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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Origin and Etymology of mattress

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



MATTRESS Defined for English Language Learners

mattress

noun

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

noun mat·tress \ ˈma-trəs \

Definition of mattress for Students

: a springy pad for use on a bed

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