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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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Examples from the Web for coverlid

Historical Examples of coverlid

  • Drawing the coverlid over him, he was soon, sailor-like, fast asleep.


    W.H.G. Kingston

  • She drank greedily, so as to spill nearly half of it on the coverlid.

    Poor Jack

    Frederick Marryat

  • His hand, reclined on the coverlid, was clasped in his wife's who was praying fervently.

    Harold, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • 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.

    Children of the Soil

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

British Dictionary definitions for coverlid


  1. another word for bedspread
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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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