Also cov·er·lid [kuhv-er-lid] /ˈkʌv ər lɪd/. a bed quilt that does not cover the pillow, used chiefly for warmth; bedspread.
Origin of coverlet
1250–1300; Middle English coverlite
< Anglo-French cuver-lit
bedspread, equivalent to cuver
bed < Latin lectus;
akin to lie2
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Examples from the Web for coverlet
Historical Examples of coverlet
The coverlet dropped from her breast; her hand was suspended with stiff fingers.
Instead of reaching out for it, the sick man's hand lay on the coverlet.
Trenchard climbed into bed, and settled himself under the coverlet.
Give me a coverlet and I will sleep on the sofa here, and do you go to bed.
His arm, releasing my neck, fell stretched out on the coverlet.
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
British Dictionary definitions for coverlet
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Word Origin and History for coverlet
c.1300, perhaps a diminutive of cover (n.), but early form coverlite suggests an unrecorded Old French or folk-etymology *covre-lit, from covrir "to cover" + lit "bed" (see litter (n.)).
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