Share this entry

comforter Line breaks: com|fort¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌmfətə/

Definition of comforter in English:


1A person or thing that provides consolation: he is friend, comforter, and guardian a cup of tea was our universal cure-all and comforter
More example sentences
  • Many people, it is true, are morbidly fascinated by deadlocks and stand-offs and cling to them as old friends and comforters.
  • Credit the heroic firemen, police and rescue workers; praise hospitable friends and comforters.
  • It was so hard to comfort the comforter; she already knew all the rules.
1.1British A baby’s dummy.
Example sentences
  • Some parents give their babies comforters for sleep time - but remember, if your baby can't find her comforter during the night she'll probably call for you to find it.
2 dated A woollen scarf.
Example sentences
  • He goes on to give a vivid picture of the field mice lining up to sing with their red worsted comforters around their throats and their feet jigging for warmth; for this description alone the story should be read.
3North American A warm quilt.
Example sentences
  • That means placing baby on his back on a firm, flat mattress and not adding extra mattresses or any soft bedding, such as pillows, quilts or comforters.
  • Find out everything you need to know about choosing the perfect blankets, pillows, bed linens, comforters, and other bedding here now.
  • Don't use pillows, comforters, quilts, and other soft or plush items on the bed.


Late Middle English: from Old French comforteor, from conforter 'to comfort' (see comfort).

Words that rhyme with comforter

breakfaster • Lancaster

Definition of comforter in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day innocuous
Pronunciation: ɪˈnɒkjʊəs
not harmful or offensive