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

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Every night, Goodman and her children arranged themselves crosswise on a single mattress. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "The New American Homeless," 21 Aug. 2019 Some of the mattresses ended up being blown into a nearby pool as stunned onlookers watched. Fox News, "Strong winds in Colorado send dozens of mattresses flying across field, video shows," 20 Aug. 2019 Now through September 10, score a free set of sheets and two free pillows with the purchase of any mattress. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Here's Where to Find the Best Labor Day Sales This Year," 19 Aug. 2019 He and his sister were sent to an orphanage where Flynn slept on a thin mattress in a room with 30 other children and showered once a week. Pete Grieve,, "San Jose man serially abused by adoptive parents gets $28 million judgment," 8 Aug. 2019 Score a free box spring with purchase of select mattresses, now through July 15. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Here's Where to Find the Best 4th of July Sales This Year," 26 June 2019 Think of the soulful and supremely gifted Miguel Adrover and his jackets made from Yankees caps or shreds of Quentin Crisp’s mattress. New York Times, "For New York Men’s Fashion, Small Is Beautiful," 5 June 2019 Make sure to lift up each corner of the mattress and thoroughly check for signs. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Check for Bed Bugs in a Hotel Room," 10 Sep. 2018 In the back yard were stacks of mattresses and more debris. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit man arrested for allegedly shooting arrows at neighbor's car," 24 Jan. 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 How to pronounce mattress (audio) \

Kids Definition of mattress

: a springy pad for use on a bed

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