[ foo-ton, fyoo- ]
/ ˈfu tɒn, ˈfyu- /


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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British Dictionary definitions for futon

/ (ˈfuːˌtɒn) /


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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