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coverlet

[kuhv-er-lit]
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noun
  1. Also cov·er·lid [kuhv-er-lid] /ˈkʌv ər lɪd/. 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; 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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Examples from the Web for coverlid

Historical Examples

  • Drawing the coverlid over him, he was soon, sailor-like, fast asleep.

    Villegagnon

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • She drank greedily, so as to spill nearly half of it on the coverlid.

    Poor Jack

    Frederick Marryat

  • His hand, reclined on the coverlid, was clasped in his wife's who was praying fervently.

    Harold, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The ground was his bed, and the storm of clouds his coverlid.

  • And he began to stroke her hand, which was lying on the coverlid.

    Children of the Soil

    Henryk Sienkiewicz


British Dictionary definitions for coverlid

coverlet

noun
  1. another word for bedspread
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Word Origin and History for coverlid

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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