pil·​low·​case | \ ˈpi-lə-ˌkās How to pronounce pillowcase (audio) , -lō-\

Definition of pillowcase

: a removable covering for a pillow

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Our testers gave it high scores for support, but keep in mind that this unique shape may fit awkwardly into traditional pillowcases. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Memory Foam Pillows You Can Buy," 21 Dec. 2018 Some stylists also recommend sleeping on a silk pillowcase or wrapping your hair in a scarf at night to keep the curls from frizzing. Erin Reimel, Glamour, "I Got a Perm (Yes, a Perm) in Search of Perfect Beach Waves," 23 Mar. 2019 Patterson recommends leaving your hair down or in a simple braid, and investing in a silk pillowcase, which will help cut down on friction. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "7 Bad Styling Habits to Avoid If You Have Breakage-Prone Hair," 19 June 2018 The collection includes pillowcase sets, core sheet sets, and duvet covers, all available in three gorgeous neutrals that make mixing and matching easy as ever. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Brooklinen’s New Cashmere Bedding Will Make You Never Want to Leave Your Bed," 8 Feb. 2019 Aside from being extremely Instagrammable, the beauty world has embraced Slip with open arms for its pillowcases and eye masks specifically designed to target certain beauty concerns, wrinkles, hair damage, and sleep crease. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Dermstore's Anniversary Sale Has Officially Started — And Even Sunday Riley Is on Sale," 9 Aug. 2018 Beautiful bedding is always appreciated, but new embroidered pillowcases are sure to be adored. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "18 Pink Home Items to Gift This Valentine’s Day," 7 Feb. 2019 One classic personal touch has not gone unnoticed—the Peninsula is known for personally monogramming pillowcases to make guests feel at home. Olivia Rassow, ELLE Decor, "Are These The World's Most Famous Pillowcases?," 5 Mar. 2014 Rinse skin in the morning to get rid of any bacteria that might have transferred to your skin from your pillowcase. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose, Chin and Forehead," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of pillowcase

1633, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pillowcase

: a removable covering for a pillow


pil·​low·​case | \ ˈpi-lō-ˌkās How to pronounce pillowcase (audio) \

Kids Definition of pillowcase

: a removable covering for a pillow

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