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



    BrE BrE//ˈpɪləʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪloʊ//
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  1. 1a square or rectangular piece of cloth filled with soft material, used to rest your head on in bed She lay back against the pillows. pillow talk (= conversations in bed between lovers) He lay back on the grass using his backpack as a pillow. The nurse plumped up the pillows. a pillow fight (= a game in which people hit each other with pillows) She buried her head in the pillow and wept. She plumped up the pillows for her daughter.
  2. 2(North American English) = cushion
  3. Word OriginOld English pyle, pylu, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch peluw and German Pfühl, based on Latin pulvinus ‘cushion’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pillow