Origin of mattress
Examples from the Web for mattress
Matthew complained about his jail-issued coveralls and the mattress in his cell after he was captured in Texas.Alleged U.Va. Abductor Accused of Rape at Christian College|Michael Daly|September 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You tell Hassan to have the Iraqi army soldiers check the mattress.
The mother unties the palm staves from the mattress, then takes the nylon ropes and ties the mattress to the boat.
The mattress causes the boat to tip forward, and in the ensuing rocking the boat begins to take on water.
The four of them move to the boat, right it, balance the mattress across its bow and shove it towards the water.
"Yes, good crop that—'nough to stuff a mattress with; looks better to-day than when it's full of alkali dust," replied the Major.John Ermine of the Yellowstone|Frederic Remington
When little Myrta was married she had a silk gown and a great bag of fine flour and pillows and mattress for her bed.In the Border Country|Josephine Daskam Bacon
Looking in, I saw a lighted candle on a table, a bench, and a mattress on a truckle bedstead.Great Expectations|Charles Dickens
However, I will lay the mattress of the spare bed of your cabin against the door, and lie down on it—that will do just as well.Out with Garibaldi|G. A. Henty
Several stakes are set parallel with the cross stick and at a distance to make the length of the mattress.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
British Dictionary definitions for mattress
Word Origin for mattress
Word Origin and History for mattress
late 13c., from Old French materas (12c., Modern French matelas), from Italian materasso and directly from Medieval Latin matracium, borrowed in Sicily from Arabic al-matrah "the cushion" (cf. Spanish almadraque "mattress," Provençal almatrac), literally "the thing thrown down," from taraha "he threw (down)."