Definition of cushion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkʊʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʊʃn//
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  1. 1(North American English also pillow) a cloth bag filled with soft material or feathers that is used, for example, to make a seat more comfortable matching curtains and cushions a floor cushion (= a large cushion that you put on the floor to sit on) a pile of scatter cushions (= small cushions, often in bright colours, that you put on chairs, etc.) (figurative) a cushion of moss on a rock I rested my elbow on a cushion. She plumped up the sofa cushions before the guests arrived. See related entries: Furniture
  2. 2a layer of something between two surfaces that keeps them apart A hovercraft rides on a cushion of air. Underlay forms a cushion between the carpet and the floor, to minimize wear.
  3. 3[usually singular] cushion (against something) something that protects you against something unpleasant that might happen His savings were a comfortable cushion against financial problems. The team built up a safe cushion of two goals in the first half.
  4. 4(in the game of billiards, etc.) the soft inside edge along each side of the table, that the balls bounce off See related entries: Pool and snooker
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French cuissin, based on a Latin word meaning ‘cushion for the hip’, from coxa ‘hip, thigh’. The Romans also had a word cubital ‘elbow cushion’, from cubitus ‘elbow’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cushion