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pillow

noun pil·low \ ˈpi-(ˌ)lō \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of pillow

1 a : 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

pillowy

play \ˈpi-lə-wē\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of pillow

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


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pillow

verb

Definition of pillow

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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First Known Use of pillow

1629



PILLOW Defined for English Language Learners

pillow

noun

Definition of pillow for English Language Learners

  • : a bag filled with soft material that is used as a cushion usually for the head of a person who is lying down


PILLOW Defined for Kids

pillow

noun pil·low \ ˈpi-lō \

Definition of pillow for Students

: 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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