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

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

Examples of mattress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Compressed and shipped in a box for convenient delivery and setup, this universally comfortable mattress makes relaxing easy. Mark Heim |, al, "Amazon Prime Day 2020: Mattresses going fast at discounted prices," 13 Oct. 2020 The Allswell is our favorite cheap mattress, so the extra $130 off is a nice bonus. Medea Giordano, Wired, "18 Great Deals From Walmart's ‘Big Save’ Sale," 12 Oct. 2020 This mattress is a combo of springs and memory foam. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Take 10% off Tuft & Needle’s bedding, mattresses and more at the Sweet Dreams sale," 8 Oct. 2020 The mansion, built in the early 1900s by Edward Stearns of the Stearns & Foster mattress company, was abandoned when private investor Kay Landers purchased the property in 2002 for $1.3 million, according to Hamilton County property records. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, "On The Market: Historic Edward R. Stearns mansion in Wyoming listed for $1.4M," 7 Oct. 2020 Say goodbye to unsettling pain and enjoy comfier, cooler sleep every night with this mattress. Stack Commerce, Popular Science, "These memory foam cooling mattresses can help you sleep better," 28 Sep. 2020 In testing, there was a lot to love about Nectar’s memory foam mattress. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Nectar is giving away $399 worth of free bedding when you buy a mattress," 11 Sep. 2020 The Medina Shopping Center is now home to Wallace Home Furnishings, a new furniture and mattress store at 883 N. Court St., which held a grand opening event Sept. 1. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Wallace Home Furnishings opens in Medina Shopping Center," 4 Sep. 2020 Check out all the other ongoing fashion and mattress markdowns this weekend. Glamour, "The 9 Best Labor Day Beauty Sales to Shop in 2020," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mattress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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