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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. 2018.
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  • She was covering up the child, who constantly flung off the bedclothes.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Therese with her head under the bedclothes, was uttering smothered groans.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • He pulled the bedclothes over his eyes, swearing and getting into a rage with himself.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • Because the bedclothes would get wet, you know, and he would take cold!

    Five Mice in a Mouse-trap Laura E. Richards
  • So saying, he threw off all the bedclothes, and fell back with a groan.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • Never mind about the sorrowful, limp legs under the bedclothes.

    The Very Small Person Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • "You're cold, my child," she said, and then covered me up in the bedclothes.

British Dictionary definitions for bedclothes


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