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 pillow (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pillow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My pillow, an old, stuffy plush option, had become unsupportive after just a few years of use. Nina Huang, Southern Living, "I Tried the Customizable Pillow With Hundreds of Glowing Reviews—and My Neck Has Never Felt Better," 21 Apr. 2021 The collection features five products: a face mask, sleep mask, neck pillow, blanket and compression socks. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "New & Notable: Latest from Away, West Elm, Keurig and more," 12 Apr. 2021 After being bused to the site, the boys get clean clothes, a pillow, a blanket and a covid-19 test, Saenz-Rodriguez said. Arkansas Online, "U.S. waives FBI checks on caregivers at new migrant facilities," 27 Mar. 2021 After being bused to the site, the boys get clean clothes, a pillow, a blanket and a COVID-19 test, Saenz-Rodriguez said. Nomaan Merchant, chicagotribune.com, "US waives FBI checks on caregivers at new migrant facilities, alarming child welfare experts," 27 Mar. 2021 The collection, which launched Tuesday, is complete with a sweatshirt, a set of three face masks, a blanket, a neck pillow, and a set of three zipper cases — mainly as a tribute to the duo's snack obsession. Christine Burroni, Travel + Leisure, "Stars of Netflix's 'Home Edit' on How the Snacks Are Just As Important As Clothes When Traveling," 9 Mar. 2021 Liven up your space by throwing in a bit of color with a pillow, rug, or wall hanging. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, "How Your Major Chakra Can Determine Your Design Style," 8 Mar. 2021 Top among them include a favorite pillow (54%) or blanket (50%), having the right mattress (38%) and having their partner next to them (28%). People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Anxiety About the Future Is Among Top Reasons Americans Struggle to Fall Asleep, Survey Discovers," 28 Feb. 2021 Mark their territory with this embroidered pillow, replete with charming illustrations. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "41 gifts for pets and the people who love them," 20 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The down alternative comforter and pillow each contain polyfill made from recycled water bottles and blended with Tencel Lyocell. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "The Company Store Is Now Selling a Comforter That's Partially Made From Recycled Water Bottles," 22 Apr. 2021 Getting a good night’s sleep starts with the basics, like the right mattress, sheets, blankets and, yes, pillow for you. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "The best pillows for every type of sleeper," 23 Mar. 2021 Getting a good night’s sleep starts with the basics, like the right mattress, sheets, blankets and, yes, pillow for you. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "The best pillows for every type of sleeper," 23 Mar. 2021 Getting a good night’s sleep starts with the basics, like the right mattress, sheets, blankets and, yes, pillow for you. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "The best pillows for every type of sleeper," 23 Mar. 2021 Getting a good night’s sleep starts with the basics, like the right mattress, sheets, blankets and, yes, pillow for you. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "The best pillows for every type of sleeper," 15 Mar. 2021 Browse their extensive selection of everything from hand cream to pillow spray to hyaluronic serums and much more. Micolette Davis, Chron, "Save 20-30% on high quality CBD products for humans and dogs," 9 Mar. 2021 Beds are assembled at the home and delivered complete with mattress, bedding and pillow. cleveland, "Volunteer group provides kids with a bed and restful sleep: Olmsted Dates and Data," 7 Mar. 2021 Aleta Burchyski bought this acupressure mat and pillow set on a recommendation from a friend. Kelsey Lindsey, Outside Online, "The Wellness Products That Our Editors Loved in 2020," 12 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for pillow

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The first known use of pillow was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

29 Apr 2021

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“Pillow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pillow. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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