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

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Some of our latest conquests include the best women’s jeans, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, ultra-flattering pants, and bath towels. The Editors, The Strategist, "9 Strat Favorites Worth Buying at Ulta’s Summer Sale," 2 July 2018 Her husband, Robert Reiding, came home from work to find her under the covers with a pillow over her face on Jan. 22, 1979, according to the Austin Police Department. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Her husband found her strangled in their bed. 39 years later, the killer is arrested, Texas cops say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 May 2018 The custom daybed is upholstered in linen and piled with pillows. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "A Miami Hospitality Exec Gives His Backyard a Resort-Style Makeover," 15 May 2018 Being in a big empty house, and the footsteps echoing through the hallway, no one there — and no one on the pillow next to you. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, "Tesla CEO Elon Musk Is Dating Singer Grimes Months After Splitting from Amber Heard: Source," 7 May 2018 This year, SOFtalk is centered around a performance by country musician Rodney Atkins, who was once arrested for allegedly trying to smother his wife with a pillow. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Where U.S. Special Forces Buy Their Weapons," 23 Apr. 2018 But the heart of Barabtarlo’s book—handsomely designed by Princeton University Press, with a hotel pillow on the cover—is the sequence of three-by-five dream cards from 1964. Nicholson Baker, New Republic, "The forgotten theory of dreams that inspired Vladimir Nabokov," 21 Feb. 2018 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

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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