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  1. a person or thing that comforts.
  2. a quilt.
  3. a long, woolen scarf, usually knitted.
  4. the Comforter. Holy Ghost.
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Origin of comforter

1300–50; Middle English comfortour < Anglo-French, Old French conforteor, equivalent to confort(er) (see comfort) + -eor < Latin -ōr- -or1 or -ātōr- -ator
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Related Words

bedspread, quilt, sympathizer, friend, pacifier, coverlet, duvet, consoler

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British Dictionary definitions for comforter


  1. a person or thing that comforts
  2. mainly British a woollen scarf
  3. a baby's dummy
  4. US a quilted bed covering
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  1. Christianity an epithet of the Holy Spirit
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Word Origin

C14: translation of Latin consolātor, representing Greek paraklētos; see Paraclete
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Word Origin and History for comforter


mid-14c., "one who consoles or comforts," from Anglo-French confortour (Old French comforteor), from Vulgar Latin *confortatorem, agent noun from Late Latin confortare (see comfort (v.)). As a kind of scarf, from 1823; as a kind of coverlet, from 1832.

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