pillow

noun
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

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 How to pronounce pillowy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pillow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Worse, after all of those nights supporting your weary head, traditional pillows start to break down, leaving them lumpy, flat and uncomfortable. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Home More Sustainable," 1 Apr. 2019 Put a few drops in a diffuser; rub a few drops on your hands, wrist, or temples; or place lavender sachets under your pillow. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "How to Fall Asleep," 12 Mar. 2019 Cut to: a buzzer under my pillow vibrating to revive me. Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "Are $15 Nap Breaks the New Lunch Breaks?," 29 Aug. 2018 As in McIntire’s case, books also had power over them, and religious ones especially — hence the placing of a Bible or prayer book under a child’s pillow. Longreads, "Fairy Scapegoats: A History of the Persecution of Changeling Children," 9 June 2018 There are plenty of adorable pillows in her new lineup, as well as curtains, napkins, tea towels, and even an apron. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines's Easter Collection Drops in 4 Days and We Already Know What We're Buying," 20 Feb. 2019 However, the girl's mother forced her to sleep on a tile bathroom floor that night without pillows or blankets. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dousman parents ripped out daughter's earring, locked her out of house as punishment for disobedience, complaint says," 10 July 2018 Texas Humor, the clearinghouse for all things Texan on social media, noticed and shared a dank meme making fun of the pillow. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "When making a map of Texas goes really, really wrong," 11 Jan. 2018 So, the team layered in pillows made from antique fabrics. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Minnie Driver Turns a Double Wide Trailer Into a Beachside Oasis with One Kings Lane," 22 Feb. 2019

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 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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