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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for comforter

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


  1. Christianity an epithet of the Holy Spirit

Word Origin for Comforter

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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