- a thin mattress like a quilt, placed on the floor or on a very low platform frame, for use as a bed or chair
- any of various kinds of low couch or chair that can be unfolded to serve as a simple platform bed
Origin of futonSinoJpn, origin, originally round cushions filled with cattail flower spikes from Chinese fu, cattail + ton, round
A thin mattress of tufted cotton batting or similar material, placed on a floor or on a raised, foldable frame.
Origin of futonJapanese ultimately ( although the first syllable is now written with the kanji for fu cloth ) from early Mandarin phu´ th&irevc;n´ a kind of mat (Modern Mandarin pútuán cushion made from rushes, hassock made from cattails ) phu´ rushes, reeds, aquatic grasses (such as those used for bedding, for example) ( from Middle Chinese p&hhook;u&schwabreve; ) th&irevc;n´ round, to roll into a ball ( from Middle Chinese t&hhook;uan )
Japanese 布団 (futon ふとん), from Middle Chinese 蒲團 (bu-dwan "meditation cushion") (compare Mandarin pútuán 蒲团), from 蒲 ("cattail") + 團 ("sphere", "round object").