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[foo-ton, fyoo-] /ˈfu tɒn, ˈfyu-/
a thin mattress, usually filled with layers of cotton batting and encased in cotton fabric, placed on a floor for sleeping, especially in traditional Japanese interiors, and folded and stored during the day.
Also called shikibuton.
Origin of futon
1875-80; < Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese pútuán rush-mat seat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The mats and futon of old-fashioned hotels are full of fleas.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • The cries were repeated, and the guest, cold with horror, found that the voices proceeded from his futon (quilt).

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • The next day the landlord went to the second-hand shop where he had purchased the futon, and made inquiries.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • Overpowering any resistance, moral and physical, these energetic samurai women bundled their mistress well into futon (quilts).

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • Coughing up great clouts of blood, the girl sank back, dying on the futon.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville
British Dictionary definitions for futon


a Japanese padded quilt, laid on the floor for use as a bed, or on a frame for use as a chair
Word Origin
C19: from Japanese
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for futon

1876, from Japanese, said to mean "bedroll" or "place to rest."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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