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  1. a removable sacklike covering, usually of cotton, drawn over a pillow.

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Origin of pillowcase

First recorded in 1715–25; pillow + case1
  • Also called pil·low·slip [pil-oh-slip]. /ˈpɪl oʊˌslɪp/.

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How to use pillowcase in a sentence

  • The common tradition is a sheet a week for each bed, and a pillowcase a week for each pillow regularly used.

  • When Sylvia reappeared that noon she carried a pillowcase, which she held before her by its corners with care.

    The Opened Shutters | Clara Louise Burnham
  • A neighbor's goat had taken advantage of his absence to chew up a pillowcase and two aprons.

    Ole Mammy's Torment | Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Cut the sheets and pillowcase from thin white cotton, allowing enough for hems.

  • "May my father as surely have a bright paradise," he said, with a show of alacrity, his mind fixed on the loosened pillowcase.

    Yekl | Abraham Cahan

British Dictionary definitions for pillowcase


pillowslip (ˈpɪləʊˌslɪp)

/ (ˈpɪləʊˌkeɪs) /

  1. a removable washable cover of cotton, linen, nylon, etc, for a pillow

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