[ bed-klohz, -klohthz ]
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plural noun
  1. 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. 2023

How to use bedclothes in a sentence

  • Poor Anastatia, as a hare nestles in its form, had almost shrunk beneath the bed-clothes.

  • Her left knee was supported on pillows, and the bed-clothes were raised away from it, for it could tolerate no weight whatever.

    Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
  • King Loc did not laugh long; indeed he hid the face of a very unhappy little man under the bed-clothes.

    Honey-Bee | Anatole France
  • Every boy was in bed, but the extraordinary way in which the bed-clothes were huddled about told an unmistakable tale.

    Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
  • I choked a little over a big scare that seemed to rush up out of the bed-clothes to smother me.

    The Wreckers | Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for bedclothes


/ (ˈbɛdˌkləʊðz) /

pl n
  1. sheets, blankets, and other coverings of a bed

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