[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

Examples from the Web for bedclothes

Contemporary Examples of bedclothes

Historical Examples of bedclothes

  • She was covering up the child, who constantly flung off the bedclothes.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • He pulled the bedclothes over his eyes, swearing and getting into a rage with himself.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • Therese with her head under the bedclothes, was uttering smothered groans.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • Because the bedclothes would get wet, you know, and he would take cold!

    Five Mice in a Mouse-trap

    Laura E. Richards

  • So saying, he threw off all the bedclothes, and fell back with a groan.

    The Burning Spear

    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for bedclothes


pl n

sheets, blankets, and other coverings of a bed
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