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[bed-klohz, -klohth z] /ˈbɛdˌkloʊz, -ˌkloʊðz/
plural noun
coverings for a bed, as sheets and blankets; bedding.
Origin of bedclothes
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at bed, clothes Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Papa was the Pussycat and she was the little mouse in her hole under the bed-clothes.

  • A bloody sweat, oozing from every pore, crimsoned his bed-clothes.

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
  • She had not seen the babies before, for they were covered by the bed-clothes.

    Poppy's Presents Mrs O. F. Walton
  • He drew from under the bed-clothes the household washing-book.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • It came away, followed by the sheet and the rest of the bed-clothes.

  • "No," stammered the girl, huddling up beneath the bed-clothes.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • Sir Gervaise buried his face in the bed-clothes, and groaned.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • He was uncovered, and the bed-clothes were lying in a tumbled heap at the foot of the bed.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • He turned down the bed-clothes, and scrutinised the sheets and pillows.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • That would account for the absence of any tell-tale marks on the bed-clothes.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
British Dictionary definitions for bed-clothes


plural noun
sheets, blankets, and other coverings of a bed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bed-clothes

also bedclothes, late 14c., from bed (n.) + clothes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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