- Also cov·er·lid [kuhv-er-lid] /ˈkʌv ər lɪd/. a bed quilt that does not cover the pillow, used chiefly for warmth; bedspread.
- Archaic. any covering or cover.
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 coverlid
Historical Examples of coverlid
Drawing the coverlid over him, he was soon, sailor-like, fast asleep.
She drank greedily, so as to spill nearly half of it on the coverlid.
His hand, reclined on the coverlid, was clasped in his wife's who was praying fervently.
The ground was his bed, and the storm of clouds his coverlid.
And he began to stroke her hand, which was lying on the coverlid.
British Dictionary definitions for coverlid
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Word Origin and History for coverlid
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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