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



BrE BrE//ˈmætrəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmætrəs//
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the soft part of a bed, that you lie on a soft/hard mattress We can sleep on a mattress on the floor. an old bed with a lumpy mattress Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French and Italian from Arabic maṭraḥ ‘carpet or cushion’, from ṭaraḥa ‘to throw’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mattress

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