- The definition of a pillow is a cushion or cloth container stuffed with something soft used for comfort and support.
An example of a pillow is what people normally have under their head while sleeping.
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- a cloth case filled with feathers, down, foam rubber, air, etc., used as a support, as for the head in sleeping
- any object used as a headrest
- anything like a pillow or cushion, as a pad on which certain laces are made
- anything that supports like a pillow
Origin: Middle English pylwe from Old English pyle, akin to German pfühl from West Germanic borrowing of Classical Latin pulvinus, cushion
- to rest on or as on a pillow
- to be a pillow for
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- A cloth case, stuffed with something soft, such as down, feathers, or foam rubber, used to cushion the head, especially during sleep.
- A decorative cushion.
- The pad on which bobbin lace is made.
- To rest (one's head) on or as if on a pillow.
- To serve as a pillow for: Grass pillowed my head.
- To rest on or as if on a pillow.
- To assume the shape of a pillow.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English pyle, from West Germanic *pulwī, from Latin pulvīnus.
- pilˈlow·y adjective