Definition of mattress in English:

mattress

noun

  • 1A fabric case filled with soft, firm, or springy material, used for sleeping on.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When it comes to beds and mattresses, the softest are not always the best.’
    • ‘Small areas are sectioned off where people are sleeping on mattresses on pallets.’
    • ‘For the last week I have been sleeping on a mattress between my children's beds.’
    • ‘Instead, the box springs and mattresses are combined and a mattress pad placed over them.’
    • ‘They sleep on flimsy mattresses and wrap themselves in parkas or sleeping bags to keep warm at night.’
    • ‘At nights, he was forced to sleep on a thin mattress against the stump of a tree.’
    • ‘Pillows, mattresses, blankets and sheets were strewn throughout the room.’
    • ‘For example, some parents may not be able to afford firmer mattresses or to have enough beds for all their family members.’
    • ‘They had slept on mattresses of straw over which they had thrown clean linen and their own blankets.’
    • ‘The mites breed at a phenomenal rate in soft furnishings such as pillows and mattresses.’
    • ‘I use a fitted sheet because I sleep on a twin futon and the mattress is in two pieces.’
    • ‘Wouldn't our back streets and green spaces look more attractive without dumped carpets, mattresses and chairs?’
    • ‘The trailer was cramped and had no furniture except for a mattress and a wooden bench.’
    • ‘Sleeping mattresses were also available for members of noble households.’
    • ‘They prepared the mattresses they slept on in silence.’
    • ‘The sun made its final farewell, so he flipped on a lamp and sat down on the soft mattress.’
    • ‘We slid down a short chute and landed on a soft mattress with everyone looking at us.’
  • 2Engineering
    A flat structure of concrete, brushwood, or other material, used as strengthening or support for foundations, embankments, etc.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

mattress

/ˈmatrɪs/