Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

cushion  - definition and synonyms

 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun cushion pronunciation in American English /ˈkʊʃ(ə)n/
Word Forms
Close
singularcushion
pluralcushions
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [countable] a cloth bag filled with something soft such as feathers, used for making a seat more comfortable
  2. 2
    [countable] a layer that separates two objects and prevents one from hitting or touching the other

    The air cushion reduces the boat’s contact with water.

  3. 3
    [singular] something, especially money, that is a protection against the possible effects of something bad

    a cushion against inflation

  4. 4
    [singular] a number of points or goals by which you are winning during a game or competition

    Grayson’s goal gives the team a five-point cushion.

  5. 5
    [countable] the rubber inner edge of the table that you hit balls against in games such as snooker or billiards

bit rot

when electronic information is lost because the software or devices needed to read it are no longer available

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog