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

Instead, they are often placed on pillows during important events to mark the significance of the occasion. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Crown Princess Victoria Takes Her Daughter, Princess Estelle, on a Tour Through the Royal Treasury," 11 Jan. 2019 Packers use foot pedals to dispense inflated air pillows to cushion items when boxed. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "U.S. retailers hope higher pay will buy more efficient workers," 1 Jan. 2019 That means rose-quartz gua sha tools to gently massage and sculpt the face, and a velvet pillow (hand-tinted with botanical dyes) for subsequent lounging. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts for Your Horoscope-Obsessed Friend by Astrological Sign," 13 Dec. 2018 The rooms have a muted color palette and beds are dressed with all-white linens and simple gray fabric runners with accent pillows covered in bright indigenous patterns. Eric Rosen, WSJ, "Escape Winter with a Trip to This Under-the-Radar Destination," 6 Dec. 2018 Nectar Sleep: Save $125 on a Nectar mattress plus two free Nectar pillows. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Cyber Monday deals you can still shop," 27 Nov. 2018 For instance, the butterfly linen wall art, fur blanket, and fur pillow are from HomeGoods. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "Mississippi College Dorm Decor," 11 Sep. 2018 Amid the clothes, books, and pillows in Lara's messy space is the back of Harry Styles' debut album. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Did You Catch the Harry Styles Easter Egg In "To All The Boys I've Loved Before"?," 20 Aug. 2018 The vehicle easily fit a pillow, a couple of suitcases, and other miscellany needed for a seven-week stay with mom and dad. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Good drive, good value: The Jeep Compass Latitude reviewed," 29 Nov. 2018

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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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