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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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Examples from the web for pillowcase
  • He took the wet lettuce, put it in a pillowcase and spun it dry.
  • The purpose of this research study is to better understand how this study pillowcase works when people use it to treat acne.
  • Place a pillowcase on the ironing surface for padding, and iron it to remove any wrinkles.
  • Make sure the pillowcase and ironing surface are completely smooth.
  • To help prevent asthma attacks, use mattress covers and pillowcase covers to make a barrier between dust mites and yourself.
  • He ordered them to give him all the money from the drawers, which they placed in the pillowcase he was carrying.
  • Make a gift bag by sewing together scraps of fabric, decorating an old pillowcase, or drawing a design on a paper bag.
  • Participants are responsible for bringing adult size clothes and a pillowcase to make your scarecrow.
  • Both the pillow itself and the pillowcase are labeled as hazardous.
  • Make sure to bring sheets for a regular twin bed, pillowcase, pillow and blankets.
British Dictionary definitions for pillowcase


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