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[bed-klohz, -klohth z] /ˈbɛdˌkloʊz, -ˌkloʊðz/
plural noun
coverings for a bed, as sheets and blankets; bedding.
Origin of bedclothes
1350-1400; Middle English; see bed, clothes Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Just as the story ended, she woke up, and at first seemed inclined to hide under the bedclothes.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag Louisa M. Alcott
  • The bedclothes were warm and irksome, and that confounded plaster had begun to itch.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • Meanwhile La Chausse was unremitting in his care; no one but him could change the bedclothes or the mattress.

    Princes and Poisoners Frantz Funck-Brentano
  • He found the Emperor so buried beneath the bedclothes as to be invisible.

  • There's nothing to eat, and there's only this to dhrink, and I hide it away under the bedclothes of time, as one might say.

    No Defense, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • She cowered under the bedclothes, she told me, expecting him to strike her.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • There was still no response from the shrunken figure under the bedclothes.

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
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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