What does pillow mean?

Definitions for pillow
ˈpɪl oʊpil·low

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pillowverb

    a cushion to support the head of a sleeping person

  2. pillow, restverb

    rest on or as if on a pillow

    "pillow your head"


  1. pillownoun

    A soft cushion used to support the head in bed.

  2. pillowverb

    To rest as on a pillow.

  3. Etymology: From pilwe, from pylwe, pylu, pyle, from pulwin, from pulvinus, of unknown origin. Cognate with Dutch peluw, Pfühl.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PILLOWnoun

    A bag of down or feathers laid under the head to sleep on.

    Etymology: pyle , Saxon; pulewe, Dutch.

    Pluck stout men’s pillows from below their heads. William Shakespeare.

    One turf shall serve as pillow for us both,
    One heart, one bed, two bosoms, and one troth. William Shakespeare.

    A merchant died that was very far in debt, his goods and houshold stuff were set forth to sale; a stranger would needs buy a pillow there, saying, this pillow sure is good to sleep on, since he could sleep on it that owed so many debts. Francis Bacon.

    Thy melted maid,
    Corrupted by thy lover’s gold,
    His letter at thy pillow laid. John Donne.

    Their feathers serve to stuff our beds and pillows, yielding us soft and warm lodging. John Ray, on the Creation.

  2. To Pillowverb

    To rest any thing on a pillow.

    When the sun in bed,
    Curtain’d with cloudy red,
    Pillows his chin upon an orient wave,
    The flocking shadows pale
    Troop to th’ infernal jail. John Milton.


  1. Pillow

    A pillow is a support of the body at rest for comfort, therapy, or decoration. Pillows are used in different variations by many species, including humans. Some types of pillows include throw pillows, body pillows, decorative pillows, and many more. Pillows that aid sleeping are a form of bedding that supports the head and neck. Other types of pillows are designed to support the body when lying down or sitting. There are also pillows that consider human body shape for increased comfort during sleep. Decorative pillows used on people, couches or chairs are sometimes referred to as cushions.In contemporary western culture, pillows consist of a plain or patterned fabric envelope (known as a pillowcase) which contains a soft stuffing, typically synthetic and typically standardized in sizes and shape. Pillows have been historically made of a variety of natural materials and many cultures continue to use pillows made from natural materials in the world. The word pillow comes from Middle English pilwe, from Old English pyle (akin to Old High German pfuliwi) and from Latin pulvinus. The first known use of the word pillow was before the 12th century.


  1. pillow

    A pillow is a soft cushioning object used to support the head, neck, or other parts of the body while sleeping, resting, or sitting. It is typically filled with soft materials such as feathers, down, synthetic fibers, or foam and covered with fabric to provide comfort and support.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pillownoun

    anything used to support the head of a person when reposing; especially, a sack or case filled with feathers, down, hair, or other soft material

  2. Pillownoun

    a piece of metal or wood, forming a support to equalize pressure; a brass; a pillow block

  3. Pillownoun

    a block under the inner end of a bowsprit

  4. Pillownoun

    a kind of plain, coarse fustian

  5. Pillowverb

    to rest or lay upon, or as upon, a pillow; to support; as, to pillow the head

  6. Etymology: [OE. pilwe, AS. pyle, fr. L. pilvinus.]


  1. Pillow

    A pillow is a large cushion support for the head or other parts of the body, usually used while sleeping on a bed, or for the body as used on a couch or chair. There are also throw pillows, which are pillows that are purely decorative and not designed for support or comfort. A cushion is a soft bag filled with air or padding like feathers or foam rubber. In the United Kingdom, these types of pillows are called a cushion, with the word pillow used for pillows on a bed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pillow

    pil′ō, n. a cushion filled with feathers, &c., for resting the head on: any cushion: a block of metal for bearing the end of a shaft, or the end of a bowsprit: the socket of a pivot.—v.t. to lay or rest on for support.—v.i. to rest the head on a pillow.—ns. Pill′ow-bier, -beer, -case, -slip, a cover which can be drawn over a pillow; Pill′ow-cup, a last cup before going to bed.—adjs. Pill′owed, supported by, or provided with, a pillow; Pill′owy, like a pillow: soft. [A.S. pyle—L. pulvīnus.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pillow

    A block of timber whereon the inner end of the bowsprit is supported.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pillow is ranked #10382 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pillow surname appeared 3,103 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Pillow.

    73.4% or 2,280 total occurrences were White.
    21.4% or 666 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 72 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 51 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.9% or 28 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.1% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pillow' in Nouns Frequency: #2803

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pillow in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pillow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of pillow in a Sentence

  1. Kate Beatty:

    We got [ the daddy pillow ] for the first deployment of my life. When I'm missing him I go find the pillow and keep it with me for a couple minutes until I feel better.

  2. Chris Winter:

    Someone who is asleep ‘before their head hits the pillow’ is not a champion sleeper any more than an individual who can eat their entire dinner in three minutes is a highly nutritious eater, that can often be a red flag and not a sign of great sleep.

  3. Philip Gulley:

    Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.

  4. Braden Coleman:

    I walked downstairs and they warned me not to go to the bathroom because there were too many people in front of the lav door, there was one guy who had a box of water bottles that he was using for a pillow. I don’t know how that could have been comfortable. But, hey, he was fast asleep.

  5. The Democrats:

    It’s not in a bloody Civil War, it’s a revolution that is sold to you as progress when it is not, if America were patient, this White House will be happy to smother it with a pillow.

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