futon

[foo-ton, fyoo-]
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noun
  1. 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.

Origin of futon

1875–80; < Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese pútuán rush-mat seat
Also called shikibuton.
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Related Words for futon

sofa, davenport, couch, daybed

Examples from the Web for futon

Contemporary Examples of futon

Historical Examples of futon

  • 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 &amp; 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 &amp; 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).

  • Coughing up great clouts of blood, the girl sank back, dying on the futon.


British Dictionary definitions for futon

futon

noun
  1. a Japanese padded quilt, laid on the floor for use as a bed, or on a frame for use as a chair

Word Origin for futon

C19: from Japanese
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Word Origin and History for futon
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper