the time at which a person usually goes to bed: It's past my bedtime.
the time at which a person goes to bed on a particular night: I have to get up early tomorrow so bedtime tonight will be 9 o'clock.

Origin of bedtime

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at bed, time Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. the time when one usually goes to bed
  2. (as modifier)a bedtime story
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Word Origin and History for bedtime

also bed-time, early 13c., from bed (n.) + time (n.). Bed-time story attested from 1867.

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