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[foo-ton, fyoo-] /ˈfu tɒn, ˈfyu-/
a thin mattress, usually filled with layers of cotton batting and encased in cotton fabric, placed on a floor for sleeping, especially in traditional Japanese interiors, and folded and stored during the day.
Also called shikibuton.
Origin of futon
1875-80; < Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese pútuán rush-mat seat Unabridged
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Examples from the web for futon
  • Standard features include a queen bed and a futon sofa, a private bathroom and a refrigerator.
  • futon bedding is usually folded and stored in closets each morning.
  • futon bedding is usually folded and stored in closets each morning.
  • The seemingly normal futon in the corner is actually a multimedia couch bed.
  • While sitting on the futon you could open the oven door and use it as a footstool, it was so close.
  • In a few minutes, she will flop on her futon and play with her dogs.
  • The cabin has a full kitchen and bath, and a large window provides mountain views from the futon.
  • The two, three-room romantic casitas have fully-equipped kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms with futon sofas.
  • Each cottage offers a fully furnished kitchen and dining area along with a living room with a futon that converts to a bed.
  • Ryokans vary in size and function, but usually feature a futon in place of a bed and tatami mats on the floor.
British Dictionary definitions for futon


a Japanese padded quilt, laid on the floor for use as a bed, or on a frame for use as a chair
Word Origin
C19: from Japanese
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Word Origin and History for futon

1876, from Japanese, said to mean "bedroll" or "place to rest."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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