• (RP) IPA: /ˈpɪləʊ/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈpɪloʊ/
  • (America, dialectal) IPA: /ˈpɛloʊ/


  1. A soft cushion used to support the head in bed.
    • 2016, [https://web.archive.org/web/20170925022505/https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-4/3168920.html VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      And it is a pillow!
  2. (geology) A pillow lava.
  3. (engineering) A piece of metal or wood, forming a support to equalize pressure; a brass; a pillow block.
  4. (nautical) A block under the inner end of a bowsprit.
  5. The socket of a pivot.
  6. (uncountable) A kind of plain, coarse fustian.
Translations Verb

pillow (pillows, present participle pillowing; past and past participle pillowed)

  1. (transitive) To rest as on a pillow.
    • 1942, Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 815-6)
      She had pillowed her head on her arm.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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