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A pillow top queen-size mattress.

A mattress is a mat or pad, usually placed on top of a bed, where somebody sleeps or lies on.

The word mattress came from Arabic words meaning "to throw" and "place where something is thrown" or "mat, cushion." During the Crusades, Europeans slept on cushions thrown on the floor, and the word materas eventually became Middle English through the Romance languages.[1] Commonly used by militaries to build forts.


  1. "Mattress: Word History." The American Heritage Dictionary.