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  1. Also cov·er·lid [kuhv-er-lid] /ˈkʌv ər lɪd/. a bed quilt that does not cover the pillow, used chiefly for warmth; bedspread.
  2. Archaic. any covering or cover.
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Origin of coverlet

1250–1300; Middle English coverlite < Anglo-French cuver-lit bedspread, equivalent to cuver to cover + lit bed < Latin lectus; akin to lie2, lay1
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Related Words

comforter, afghan, spread, throw, quilt

Examples from the Web for coverlet

Historical Examples

  • The coverlet dropped from her breast; her hand was suspended with stiff fingers.

    Way of the Lawless

    Max Brand

  • Instead of reaching out for it, the sick man's hand lay on the coverlet.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Trenchard climbed into bed, and settled himself under the coverlet.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Give me a coverlet and I will sleep on the sofa here, and do you go to bed.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • His arm, releasing my neck, fell stretched out on the coverlet.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

British Dictionary definitions for coverlet


  1. another word for bedspread
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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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