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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According to Sleepopolis, a Website that provides reviews and comparisons of mattresses, July 13 is the date when Arizonans can expect the most uncomfortable combination of heat and humidity. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Sleepless in Arizona? It's that time of year," 13 July 2018 My house is essentially a studio with a mattress in it and a very big chihuahua. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "This L.A. Lingerie Designer Is Sick of Diversity for Show," 19 Apr. 2018 The National Day of Action ended with 28 Columbia University protestors leaving their mattresses outside University President Lee Bollinger's house. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "School & Campus Life," 16 Dec. 2014 If the mattress starts to deflate, the whisper-quiet pump automatically adjusts to prevent sagging. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Air Mattresses on the Market," 20 Dec. 2018 The right mattress is a key component to ensure satisfying sleep and better overall health. Country Living, "SLEEP BETTER TONIGHT WITH CHARLES P. ROGERS," 13 Nov. 2018 Then allow the mattress some time to air dry before re-making the bed. Jolie Kerr, Teen Vogue, "How To Get Period Stains Out: 10 Ways to Remove Blood from Fabric," 17 July 2018 After breakfast on the second morning, Lourdes sat on the mattress with Leo when an officer came into the room and called his name. Daniel González, azcentral, "The U.S. deported this mother to Guatemala. It kept her 6-year-old son.," 2 July 2018 Though Donald Markham was transferred to the morgue wrapped in a bloody sheet from the bed, the mattress itself was disposed of that night by a Chicago Streets and Sanitation crew. Jeremy Gorner,, "Cook County watchdog clears medical examiner's office in probe into Chicago cop's apparent suicide," 2 July 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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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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