[pal-yas, pal-yas, pal-ee-as, pal-ee-as]

noun Chiefly British.


or pal·liasse

[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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for palliasse

Historical Examples of palliasse

  • Brotteaux stretched himself on the palliasse and blew out the candle.

    The Gods are Athirst

    Anatole France

  • Otherwise he was like a log: carried from his palliasse on which he slept at night to the armchair in which he sat all day.

    A Bride of the Plains

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • One of us made shift with a palliasse, while Genevive and I slept on a hair mattress.

  • Very probably the captain of your company would turn out of his bed and take your palliasse if you asked him nicely.

  • That night he slept on a palliasse of straw, with a pillow consisting of a thin bolster propped on his outer clothes.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for palliasse


esp US paillasse


a straw-filled mattress; pallet

Word Origin for palliasse

C18: from French paillasse, from Italian pagliaccio, ultimately from Latin palea pallet 1



a variant spelling (esp US) of palliasse
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