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[bed-spred] /ˈbɛdˌsprɛd/
an outer covering, usually decorative, for a bed.
Origin of bedspread
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; bed + spread Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She took the fleshless hand, kissed it, and laid it on the bedspread.

    Special Messenger

    Robert W. Chambers
  • She was still lying with her head buried in the bedspread when Kosloff returned.

    The Moon Colony William Dixon Bell
  • She took me into her guest room, and cautioned me to be careful about the bedspread.

    The Red Rugs of Tarsus

    Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • But, undoubtedly, for bedspread purposes, there is nothing like the pinks or the blues.

  • The bedspread is worked in small diamonds, which are joined together by over-sewing.

  • The patient is now laid on the bedspread so that it reaches to the arm-pits.

    Valere Aude Louis Dechmann
  • Only when the Nurse gave a final pat to the bedspread she spoke.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Then he bent over and kissed the man on his forehead, pinned the medal to the bedspread, and departed.

    The Backwash of War Ellen N. La Motte
British Dictionary definitions for bedspread


a top cover on a bed over other bedclothes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bedspread

also bed-spread, 1845, American English, from bed (n.) + spread (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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