[pal-yas, pal-yas, pal-ee-as, pal-ee-as]
- Chiefly British. a mattress of straw; pallet.
Origin of paillasse
1500–10; < French < Italian pagliaccio straw pallet, equivalent to pagli(a) straw (< Latin palea chaff) + -accio pejorative noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for paillasse
But this proves to be the note of Paillasse, a merry-andrew.
He sprang with one bound to the paillasse, and withdrew from it the stiffened form of an infant four years old, dead and cold.
Old Kapus had been put to bed on his paillasse in the next room and Elsa was all alone in the small living-room.A Bride of the Plains
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Paillasse, pa-lyas′, n. a small bed, originally made of chaff or straw: an under mattress of straw.
And there are entries relating to everything between a violin and a paillasse, a brass fender and a blue beaver coat.
- a variant spelling (esp US) of palliasse