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bedstead

[bed-sted, -stid]
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noun
  1. the framework of a bed supporting the springs and a mattress.
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Origin of bedstead

First recorded in 1400–50, bedstead is from the late Middle English word bedstede. See bed, stead
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Examples from the Web for bedstead

Historical Examples

  • Shut the door, put out the candle, turn me up in the bedstead!

    The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby

    Charles Dickens

  • During the night he managed to file the brass of his bedstead.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • For only keep the bedstead always in your mind; and you were safe.

  • I've heard say that bedstead is nigh two hundred years of age.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • He started up as these sounds met his ear, and, sitting on his bedstead, listened.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for bedstead

bedstead

noun
  1. the framework of a bed, usually including a headboard and springs but excluding the mattress and other coverings
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Word Origin and History for bedstead

n.

c.1400, from bed (n.) + stead; strictly "the place occupied by a bed," but usually "raised stand on which a bed sits."

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