cushion

[ koosh-uhn ]
/ ˈkʊʃ ən /

noun

verb (used with object)

Origin of cushion

1300–50; Middle English cuisshin < Anglo-French; Middle French coussinLatin cōx(a) hip + -īnus -ine1; see coxa
Related formscush·ion·less, adjectivecush·ion·like, adjectiveun·cush·ioned, adjectivewell-cush·ioned, adjective

Synonym study

1. Cushion, pillow, bolster agree in being cases filled with a material more or less resilient, intended to be used as supports for the body or parts of it. A cushion is a soft pad used to sit, lie, or kneel on, or to lean against: cushions on a sofa; cushions on pews in a church. A pillow is a bag or case filled with feathers, down, or other soft material, usually to support the head: to sleep with a pillow under one's head. A bolster is a firm pillow, long enough to extend the width of a bed and used as head support, with or without a pillow.
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British Dictionary definitions for cushion

cushion

/ (ˈkʊʃən) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formscushiony, adjective

Word Origin for cushion

from Latin culcita mattress
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Medicine definitions for cushion

cushion

[ kushən ]

n.

A padlike body part.
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