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mattress Syllabification: mat·tress
Pronunciation: /ˈmatrəs/

Definition of mattress in English:


1A fabric case filled with deformable or resilient material, used for sleeping on.
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.
1.1 Engineering A flat structure of brushwood, concrete, or other material used as strengthening or support for foundations, embankments, etc.


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

  • The word mattress came via Old French and Italian from Arabic matrah ‘carpet or cushion’, from taraha ‘to throw’.

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