What does futon mean?

Definitions for futonˈfu tɒn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. futon(noun)

    mattress consisting of a pad of cotton batting that is used for sleeping on the floor or on a raised frame


  1. futon(Noun)

    A thin mattress of tufted cotton or similar material, placed on a floor or on a raised, foldable frame as a bed.

  2. futon(Noun)

    A round cushion used for Zen meditation (traditionally made of woven bulrush leaves)

  3. Origin: 布団 (ふとん, futon)


  1. Futon

    A futon is traditional Japanese bedding consisting of padded mattresses and quilts pliable enough to be folded and stored away during the day, allowing the room to serve for purposes other than as a bedroom. The bedding set referred to as futon in Japan fundamentally consists of a shikibuton and a kakebuton. The word futon is an English loanword derived from Japanese futon. It is Sino-Japanese, originally meaning 'round cushions filled with cattail flower spikes'; it is derived from Chinese fu or pu + ton or tuan. A futon is a flat mattress with a fabric exterior stuffed with cotton, wool, or synthetic batting that makes up a Japanese bed. Futons are sold in Japan at speciality stores called futon'ya as well as at department stores. They are often sold in sets that include the futon mattress, a comforter or blanket, a summer blanket resembling a large towel, and a pillow generally filled with beans, buckwheat chaff, or plastic beads. Futons are designed to be placed on tatami flooring, and are traditionally folded away and stored in a closet during the day to allow the tatami to breathe and to allow for flexibility in the use of the room. Futons must be aired in sunlight regularly, especially if not put away during the day. In addition, many Japanese beat their futons regularly to prevent the padding from matting. They use a futon tataki, a special instrument, traditionally made from bamboo, resembling a Western carpet beater.

Editors Contribution

  1. futon

    A type of furniture and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles used to sit or lie on.

    Our neighbors bought one of the new style futon which is so stylish and elegant and different from the old style, this type of product has evolved and the styles have changed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of futon in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of futon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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