pil·​low | \ ˈpi-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce pillow (audio) \

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


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

Other Words from pillow


pillowy \ ˈpi-​lə-​wē How to pronounce pillow (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pillow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The pillow top is soft and supple, with a very luxurious feel. Zach Epstein, BGR, 24 Apr. 2022 Keep reading to check out the rest of the deals happening at the Ready to Entertain storefront, including more discounts on patio tables and chairs, unbreakable plates, and pillow shams. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 19 Apr. 2022 The Saatva Classic hybrid mattress is perfect for anyone looking for an affordable mattress that integrates cushioned pillow-top plushiness with the comfort and support that innersprings can bring. Brittany Vincent, SELF, 24 Mar. 2022 The DreamCloud mattress has a thick pillow top similar to the Helix Mightnight Luxe. Medea Giordano, Wired, 18 Feb. 2022 But barring shoes outright just to keep your floors clean is bringing a gun to a pillow fight. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, 10 Feb. 2022 Riley makes a variety of bath and bed linen products including duvets, pillow cases, robes and towels among other things. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2022 In the 70s, the Freedom Quilting Bee produced pillow cases for Sears. Jeanine Hays And Bryan Mason, House Beautiful, 20 Sep. 2021 The set comes with a soft duvet cover and two pillow shams. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pillow


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


1629, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pillow


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

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“Pillow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pillow. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for pillow


pil·​low | \ ˈpi-lō How to pronounce pillow (audio) \

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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