pillow

noun
pil·low | \ ˈpi-(ˌ)lō \

Definition of pillow 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a support for the head of a reclining person especially : one consisting of a cloth bag filled with feathers, down, sponge rubber, or plastic fiber

b : something resembling a pillow especially in form

2 : a cushion or pad tightly stuffed and used as a support for the design and tools in making lace with a bobbin

pillow

verb
pillowed; pillowing; pillows

Definition of pillow (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to rest or lay on or as if on a pillow

2 : to serve as a pillow for

intransitive verb

: to lay or rest one's head on or as if on a pillow

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Other words from pillow

Noun

pillowy \ˈpi-lə-wē \ adjective

Examples of pillow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

First, there's Melissa and her three-pound pillow of a neck growth, which has forced her to wear a sweatshirt day and night for the past three years. refinery29.com, "The First Episode Of Dr. Pimple Popper Is A Popaholic's Dream Come True," 12 July 2018 Swedish chef Fredrik Berselius, of Aska, has fond memories of making the headwear as a child, while also collecting flowers to place under his pillow. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Throw a Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration," 22 June 2018 Drop off your child with their favorite pillow or blanket and their coolest PJs for a night of movies, museum exploration, art activities, pizza dinner and popcorn snack. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "What to do with the kids this weekend: Fish with dad, Juneteenth festivals," 13 June 2018 Unlike your average pillow, these ones feature special shapes, curves, and padding to support all areas of the body, especially your tummy. Maria Cassano, Allure, "The 9 Best Pregnancy Pillows on Amazon Right Now," 16 May 2018 Paul Business Journal that Melania Trump asked for a pair of his pillows. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Of course the MyPillow guy has a story -- and it's wilder than you think," 8 Apr. 2018 Recently published calculations back up what scientists have been screaming into their pillows for years: Sweating out toxins is a myth. National Geographic, "Fact or Fiction: Can You Really Sweat Out Toxins?," 6 Apr. 2018 Bassett says some of her decorative pillows and bed spreads were used, the Times reported. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "He rented her Martha’s Vineyard home — but didn’t tell her about the porn shoots, lawsuit says | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 Use a portable airbed ($40), cot ($40) with insulation pad ($20), high-density portable foam ($80) or a Therm-a-Rest ($80 range), and bring your favorite pillow. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Outdoors equipment shopping? Don’t settle for less than comfort," 12 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The first 200 children 12 and under will get special heart pillows with arms. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "My first IKEA experience: What newbies can expect when the store opens in Oak Creek May 16," 9 May 2018 As part of the partnership’s #HugOneGiveOne campaign, Pillow of Health matches any purchase of their kids pillow with a donation of one pillow to a child with cancer at Lurie. Gwendolyn Purdom, RedEye Chicago, "Do good making kids with cancer more comfortable with Cal’s Angels," 24 Jan. 2018 As friends of the NFL are aware, The League, rightfully running scared from the head injury repercussions, has been doing its best to pillow the blows which lead to lawsuits, and thus, shorter pockets for billionaires. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Soft NFL would be even softer if kickoff returns got the boot," 21 Apr. 2018 Banquette cushion fabric: Odyssey in Pumice (796-208) and pillow fabric (striped): Jake Stripe in Pebble Beach (800-40) by Perennials (perennialsfabrics.com). Southern Living, "Source Guide - February 2013," 2 Jan. 2013 Window treatment and pillow fabric: Montmartre in Clay/Blue and blue pillow fabric: Crillon Linen in Seafoam, both from the Suzanne Kasler collection by Lee Jofa (leejofa.com). Southern Living, "Source Guide - September 2013," 14 Aug. 2013 The best, easiest and most affordable way to change your space up with the season to reflect a cozier atmosphere is to rotate decor like throws and pillows on a quarterly (or bi-annual) basis. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "5 Easy Ways to Cozy Up Your Home for Fall," 30 Sep. 2017 The spices are fragrant and warm, a perfect contrast to pillow-y pita and cool, garlicky tzatziki. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shortcut 'gyros' leave time for picture-worthy fun," 23 Aug. 2017 A cabin without a mattress rented for one dollar; a mattress for two people cost an extra twenty-five cents, and blankets, sheets, and pillows another fifty cents. Andrew Wood, Smithsonian, "The Rise and Fall of the Great American Motel," 1 July 2017

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First Known Use of pillow

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1629, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pillow

Noun

Middle English pilwe, from Old English pyle (akin to Old High German pfuliwi), from Latin pulvinus

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pillow

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pillow

: a bag filled with soft material that is used as a cushion usually for the head of a person who is lying down

pillow

noun
pil·low | \ ˈpi-lō \

Kids Definition of pillow

: a bag filled with soft or springy material used as a cushion usually for the head of a person lying down

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