[bed-klohz, -klohth z]

plural noun

coverings for a bed, as sheets and blankets; bedding.

Origin of bedclothes

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at bed, clothes Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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pl n

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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