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  1. bedding that rolls up for portability and is used especially for sleeping out-of-doors.

Origin of bedroll

First recorded in 1645–55; bed + roll
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Examples from the Web for bedroll

Historical Examples

  • Ellis dived to his bedroll and rose to a kneeling position with his own rifle.

    The Lost Wagon

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

  • Ellis spread his bedroll beside the wagon while Joe sought his bed inside.

    The Lost Wagon

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

  • Slim massaged the soles of his feet until Chuck returned with his bedroll.

  • The night after, while I lay huddled in my shirtcloak and blanket by the fire, I saw Cuinn slip out of his bedroll and steal away.

    The Door Through Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • Martin, rolled up in his bedroll on the floor of the empty hayloft, woke with a start.

British Dictionary definitions for bedroll


  1. a portable roll of bedding, such as a sleeping bag, used esp for sleeping in the open
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