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[kuhv-er-lit] /ˈkʌv ər lɪt/
Also, coverlid
[kuhv-er-lid] /ˈkʌv ər lɪd/ (Show IPA)
. a bed quilt that does not cover the pillow, used chiefly for warmth; bedspread.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Belle stretched out her arms toward Mary and tears flowed down her cheeks and splashed on the coverlid.

    The Motor Maids' School Days Katherine Stokes
  • Drawing the coverlid over him, he was soon, sailor-like, fast asleep.

    Villegagnon W.H.G. Kingston
  • A human being was put inside, with a coverlid of stone on top.

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

    Poor Jack Frederick Marryat
  • Bajazzo and il Padrone slept behind the thin linen partition, under a coverlid.

    O. T. Hans Christian Andersen
  • His hand, reclined on the coverlid, was clasped in his wife's who was praying fervently.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • How she longed to touch the blue-veined wrist upon the coverlid, but once, just for a certainty of a beating pulse, however faint!

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • The ground was his bed, and the storm of clouds his coverlid.

  • His arm was outside the coverlid, and Curdie gave his hand a hurried grasp as he went by.

    The Princess and Curdie George MacDonald
  • A coverlid; when you get into bed, you have to creep in between the sheet and the coverlid.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
British Dictionary definitions for coverlid


another word for bedspread
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for coverlid



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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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