[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. futhorc,
  2. futile,
  3. futilely,
  4. futilitarian,
  5. futility,
  6. futsal,
  7. futtock,
  8. futtock band,
  9. futtock plate,
  10. futtock shroud

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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Word Origin and History for futon



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

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