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[bed-klohz, -klohth z]
plural noun
  1. coverings for a bed, as sheets and blankets; bedding.
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Origin of bedclothes

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at bed, clothes
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Examples from the Web for bed-clothes

Historical Examples

  • Papa was the Pussycat and she was the little mouse in her hole under the bed-clothes.

    Life and Death of Harriett Frean

    May Sinclair

  • A bloody sweat, oozing from every pore, crimsoned his bed-clothes.

  • She had not seen the babies before, for they were covered by the bed-clothes.

    Poppy's Presents

    Mrs O. F. Walton

  • He drew from under the bed-clothes the household washing-book.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • It came away, followed by the sheet and the rest of the bed-clothes.

British Dictionary definitions for bed-clothes


pl n
  1. sheets, blankets, and other coverings of a bed
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Word Origin and History for bed-clothes


also bedclothes, late 14c., from bed (n.) + clothes.

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