Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a large thick pad filled with resilient material and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or part of a bed

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Alternate forms of Mattress

Hyponyms: air mattress, feather bed, featherbed, futon, paillasse, pallet, palliasse, spring mattress, tick

Hypernyms: pad

Origin of the word Mattress

  1. late 13c., from O.Fr. materas, from It. materasso, from M.L. matracium, borrowed in Sicily from Arabic al-matrah "the cushion" (cf. Sp. almadraque "mattress"), lit. "the thing thrown down," from taraha "he threw (down)." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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