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pillows (soft cushions)


From Middle English pilwe, from Old English pylwe, pylu, pyle (pillow), from Proto-Germanic *pulwı̨̄ (pillow), from Latin pulvīnus (cushion), derived from pulvis (dust, powder) +‎ -īnus (-ine), for the filler of a pillow. Cognate with Scots pillae (pillow), Saterland Frisian Peel (pillow), Dutch peluw (pillow, bolster), German Pfühl (pillow), Alemannic German Pfulme (pillow), Luxembourgish pillem (pillow). Doublet of pulvinus.



pillow (countable and uncountable, plural pillows)

  1. A soft cushion used to support the head in bed.
  2. (geology) A pillow lava.
  3. (engineering) A piece of metal or wood, forming a support to equalize pressure; a brass; a pillow block.
  4. (nautical) A block under the inner end of a bowsprit.
  5. The socket of a pivot.
  6. (uncountable) A kind of plain, coarse fustian.

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  • Maori: pera



pillow (third-person singular simple present pillows, present participle pillowing, simple past and past participle pillowed)

  1. (transitive) To rest as on a pillow.
    • 1942, Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 815-6)
      She had pillowed her head on her arm.