oreiller vs. coussin

  • [Marc]

    Senior Member
    French France
    oreiller is in general for a bed and a coussin for a couch or a chair or anything else... but for a bed.

    Marc
     

    mgarizona

    Senior Member
    US - American English
    Generally the difference between 'pillow' and 'cushion' though in Belgium and Switzerland coussin can be used for pillow as well.
     

    Gez

    Senior Member
    French (France)
    You're supposed to put your oreilles (ears) on the oreiller, so it's for the head. Coussin is generic, oreiller is specific. All oreillers are coussins, but not all coussins are oreillers.
     
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