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

Origin of pillowcase

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

Historical Examples of pillowcase

  • "If I had known this, we might have brought along a pillowcase for the nuts," said Fred.

  • Out of a pillowcase folded hard he made a gag and tied it into the mouth of the man.

  • The bricks were concealed beneath her bed, and the loose rubbish put into the pillowcase.

    Norfolk Annals

    Charles Mackie

  • The pillowcase flapped aloud, ever more sternly, warningly, portentously.


    Abraham Cahan

  • If the insertion is used for anything but a pillowcase, omit the lower border on which the button-holes are made.

British Dictionary definitions for pillowcase


pillowslip (ˈpɪləʊˌslɪp)


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