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pillow

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noun pil·low \ˈpi-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of pillow

  1. 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 fiberb :  something resembling a pillow especially in form

  2. 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 pil·low

Definition of pillow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to rest or lay on or as if on a pillow

  3. 2 :  to serve as a pillow for

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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

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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

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noun pil·low \ˈpi-lō\

Definition of pillow for Students

  1. :  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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