pil·​low·​case | \ ˈpi-lə-ˌkās , -lō-\

Definition of pillowcase

: a removable covering for a pillow

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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 Luckily, there are shortcuts, like beauty pillowcases, which may not promise to turn you into, say, Queen Bey overnight, but do claim to help reduce acne, prevent wrinkles, and keep hair shiny. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The Night Dual-Sided Beauty Pillowcase Targets Combination Skin as You Sleep," 12 Apr. 2018 Sheets and a pillowcase were on the bed, which was waiting to be made. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013 At this price level, sheets and pillowcases are sold individually and often imported. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 Reverse Tumble: To better keep sheets, pillowcases, towels, and other items in the load from twisting and tangling, some dryers have drums that rotate in opposite directions regularly during the cycle. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Dryer Terms," 8 Sep. 2011 These days, there are countless brands looking to elevate the mundane pillowcase and bedsheet set, according to the research firm NPD. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury — and can come at a high price.," 9 Oct. 2018 Will and Phil had carried two pillowcases into the locker room. Abe Streep, New York Times, "What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For," 4 Apr. 2018

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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 \

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: a removable covering for a pillow

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