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[pil-oh-keys] /ˈpɪl oʊˌkeɪs/
a removable sacklike covering, usually of cotton, drawn over a pillow.
Also called pillowslip
[pil-oh-slip] /ˈpɪl oʊˌslɪp/ (Show IPA)
Origin of pillowcase
First recorded in 1715-25; pillow + case1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "If I had known this, we might have brought along a pillowcase for the nuts," said Fred.

    The Rover Boys at Colby Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • Out of a pillowcase folded hard he made a gag and tied it into the mouth of the man.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The bricks were concealed beneath her bed, and the loose rubbish put into the pillowcase.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • The pillowcase flapped aloud, ever more sternly, warningly, portentously.

    Yekl Abraham Cahan
  • If the insertion is used for anything but a pillowcase, omit the lower border on which the button-holes are made.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • Make the pillowcase a quarter of an inch wider and about an inch and a quarter longer than the pillow.

  • The common tradition is a sheet a week for each bed, and a pillowcase a week for each pillow regularly used.

  • When Sylvia reappeared that noon she carried a pillowcase, which she held before her by its corners with care.

    The Opened Shutters

    Clara Louise Burnham
  • A neighbor's goat had taken advantage of his absence to chew up a pillowcase and two aprons.

    Ole Mammy's Torment

    Annie Fellows Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for pillowcase


a removable washable cover of cotton, linen, nylon, etc, for a pillow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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