[bed-sted, -stid]
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Origin of bedstead

First recorded in 1400–50, bedstead is from the late Middle English word bedstede. See bed, stead Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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

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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