- a casing of strong fabric filled with cotton, hair, foam rubber, etc., usually containing coiled springs, often quilted or tufted at intervals, and used on or as a bed
- an inflatable pad used in the same wayin full air mattress
- that part of a water bed that contains the water, providing cushioned support
- a mass or mat of interwoven brushwood, poles, etc. used to protect an embankment or dike from erosion, etc.
Origin of mattressMiddle English materas from Old French from Italian materasso from Arabic ma?ra?, place where something is thrown or laid, cushion
- a. A usually rectangular pad of heavy cloth filled with soft material or an arrangement of coiled springs, used as or on a bed.b. An airtight inflatable pad used as or on a bed or as a cushion.
- A closely woven mat of brush and poles used to protect an embankment, a dike, or a dam from erosion.
Origin of mattressMiddle English materas, mattresse from Old French materas from Old Italian materasso and from Medieval Latin matracium both from Arabic ma&tlowdot;rah place where something is thrown, mat, cushion from &tlowdot;araha to throw &tlowdot;rh
From Middle English materas, from Old French, from Arabic Ù…Ø·Ø±Ø (mÃ¡ÊˆraÄ§, “place where something is thrown"), from Ø·Ø±Ø (ÊˆÃ¡raÄ§a, “to throw").