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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Most people will agree that a good night's sleep is important, and there's no better way to achieve that than to treat yourself to a quality mattress. Carly Kulzer, Peoplemag, 6 Jan. 2023 Casper is hiring professional nappers with 'exceptional sleeping ability' The mattress brand is hiring people to sleep for a living. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 8 Aug. 2022 This month Big Fig, the first mattress brand to cater exclusively to the plus-size sleeper, launched a new platform dedicated to the plus-size demographic. Virgie Tovar, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 But come January, the mattress company that spanned three generations of Holtzclaw family ownership and first delivered its beds out of a Ford Model T will be saying goodbye to the area after more than 107 years in business. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 27 Dec. 2022 Naperville firefighters responding to a 6:30 a.m. emergency call in the 800 block of Plainfield-Naperville Road arrived to find a mattress on fire in the basement, a Naperville Fire Department report said. Naperville Sun Staff, Chicago Tribune, 27 Dec. 2022 The aftermath of stabbings, suicides, shootings, alcohol poisonings and overdoses, and one body set on fire on a mattress in the woods. Dallas News, 25 Aug. 2022 Size isn't the only thing this mattress has going for it though. Kurt Spurlock, Men's Health, 16 Dec. 2022 And while the lack of heat lowered the temperature in the operating room and intensive care unit, Nikol was kept warm by a special heated mattress and operating table. David L. Stern,, 9 Dec. 2022 See More

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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 27 Jan. 2023.

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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