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[pil-oh-keys] /ˈpɪl oʊˌkeɪs/
a removable sacklike covering, usually of cotton, drawn over a pillow.
Also called pillowslip
[pil-oh-slip] /ˈpɪl oʊˌslɪp/ (Show IPA)
Origin of pillowcase
1715-25; pillow + case1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She may find a ragged sheet or pillow slip; if so, she should make a note of it.

  • By morning most of it is on the pillow slip, and soap and water will clean up the rest.

    Camping Alexandra G. Lockwine
  • The same day, while walking on the street, he saw a woman carrying a baby in a pillow slip thrown over her shoulder.

  • But have you a chest of drawers or a pillow slip or a book or a dinner plate or a fork?

    Jaffery William J. Locke
  • That pillow slip belonged to Mme Boche because it was stained with the pomade she always used, and so on through the whole.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Now, would you tear that pillow slip into strips wide enough for a bandage?

    Bruce of the Circle A Harold Titus
  • It was empty, but on the floor lay the pillow slip which Sylvia had defended from John so heatedly.

    The Opened Shutters Clara Louise Burnham
  • I wanted to move him so I put him in a pillow slip so's he couldn't see where we wus takin' him so he couldn't fin' the way back.

  • A folded comfortable109 slipped in a pillow slip makes a good mattress.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • Her pillow slip by now was very much askew; one ear pointed northward, the other southeast, and she could only see out of one eye.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
British Dictionary definitions for pillow slip


a removable washable cover of cotton, linen, nylon, etc, for a pillow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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