[ pil-oh ]
/ ˈpɪl oʊ /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to rest as on a pillow.

Origin of pillow

before 900; Middle English pilwe, Old English pylu < Latin pulvīnus cushion (whence also German Pfühl)

Related forms

pil·low·less, adjectivepil·low·like, adjectiveun·pil·lowed, adjective

Can be confused

pillar pillory pillow

Synonym study

1. See cushion.
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British Dictionary definitions for pillow


/ (ˈpɪləʊ) /


a cloth case stuffed with feathers, foam rubber, etc, used to support the head, esp during sleep
Also called: cushion a padded cushion or board on which pillow lace is made
anything like a pillow in shape or function

verb (tr)

to rest (one's head) on or as if on a pillow
to serve as a pillow for

Word Origin for pillow

Old English pylwe, from Latin pulvīnus cushion; compare German Pfühl
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