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coverlet

[kuhv-er-lit] /ˈkʌv ər lɪt/
noun
1.
Also, coverlid
[kuhv-er-lid] /ˈkʌv ər lɪd/ (Show IPA)
. a bed quilt that does not cover the pillow, used chiefly for warmth; bedspread.
2.
Archaic. any covering or cover.
Origin of coverlet
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English coverlite < Anglo-French cuver-lit bedspread, equivalent to cuver to cover + lit bed < Latin lectus; akin to lie2, lay1
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  • The coverlet dropped from her breast; her hand was suspended with stiff fingers.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Instead of reaching out for it, the sick man's hand lay on the coverlet.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • Trenchard climbed into bed, and settled himself under the coverlet.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Give me a coverlet and I will sleep on the sofa here, and do you go to bed.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • His arm, releasing my neck, fell stretched out on the coverlet.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • So saying she lay down on the bed, but on the outside of the coverlet.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • He let the paper fall on the coverlet and went on reposing as before.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Falkner, without speaking, slid his hand along the coverlet.

  • Then she drew the coverlet over her head and turned to the wall.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • Generations of cats had haunted it and slept on the coverlet.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for coverlet

coverlet

/ˈkʌvəlɪt/
noun
1.
another word for bedspread
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Word Origin and History for coverlet
n.

c.1300, perhaps a diminutive of cover (n.), but early form coverlite suggests an unrecorded Old French or folk-etymology *covre-lit, from covrir "to cover" + lit "bed" (see litter (n.)).

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