Definition of palliasse in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpalɪas/
(also paillasse)


A straw mattress.
Example sentences
  • Then piling up all the rest of the furniture, the mattresses, palliasses and chairs, he stopped up the windows as one does when assailed by an enemy.
  • There were two chamber pots between 1000 men and there were 4 kilometres of corridors along which the wounded, sick and dying lay on straw palliasses, their filthy greatcoats their only blanket.
  • The ground in our particular spot is very hard & after our palliasses in Trentham & on the boat we all find it rather uncomfortable at present.


Early 16th century (originally Scots): from French paillasse, based on Latin palea 'straw'.

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