Definition of mattress in English:

mattress

Line breaks: mat|tress
Pronunciation: /ˈmatrɪs
 
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noun

  • 1A fabric case filled with soft, firm, or springy material, used for sleeping on.
    More example sentences
    • His pillow was extremely soft, and the flannel sheets and firm mattresses were almost too comfortable.
    • The boys sleep on mattresses and their days are filled with school classes, sport and counselling.
    • These little critters are found in mattresses, carpets, soft furniture and bedding.
  • 2 Engineering A flat structure of concrete, brushwood, or other material, used as strengthening or support for foundations, embankments, etc..

Origin

Middle English: via Old French and Italian from Arabic maṭraḥ 'carpet or cushion', from ṭaraḥa 'to throw'.

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