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From Anglo-Norman confortour, from Old French conforter. See comfort.



comforter (plural comforters)

  1. A person who comforts someone who is suffering.
    • Shakespeare
      Let no comforter delight mine ear / But such a one whose wrongs do suit with mine.
  2. (US) A padded cover for a bed, duvet, continental quilt.
  3. (dated, chiefly Britain) A woollen scarf for winter.
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, Chapter 29,[1]
      [] round his neck he wore a flaming red worsted comforter, whereof the straggling ends peeped out beneath his threadbare Newmarket coat, which was very tight and buttoned all the way up.
    • 1881, Felix L. Oswald, “Physical Education,” Popular Science Monthly June, 1881, p. 148,[2]
      The American schoolboy takes off his comforter and unbuttons his jacket before going in for a snowball fight.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, in The Fate of the Artemis[3]:
      [] Captain Markam had been found lying half-insensible, gagged and bound, on the floor of the sitting-room, his hands and feet tightly pinioned, and a woollen comforter wound closely round his mouth and neck; whilst Mrs. Markham's jewel-case, containing valuable jewellery and the secret plans of Port Arthur, had disappeared. []
  4. (Britain, New Zealand, Australia) A pacifier.