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  1. a couch that can be used as a sofa by day and a bed by night.

  2. a couch, especially of the 17th or 18th century, in the form of a usually armless chair, with a greatly elongated seat supported by extra legs and a slanted, sometimes hinged, back, used for reclining or sleeping during the day.

Origin of daybed

First recorded in 1585–95; day + bed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use daybed in a sentence

  • Dropping the things in her lap on the floor, she got up and went over to the day-bed where Nan was reading a letter.

  • Eleanor insisted upon her father taking her room while she went to Pollys chamber to sleep upon the day-bed there.

    Polly in New York | Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • My little maid was elder than she, and lay on a day-bed within a compassed window.

    All's Well | Emily Sarah Holt
  • Mr. Blood, at the head of the day-bed, looked over his shoulder to take stock of the invaders.

    Captain Blood | Rafael Sabatini
  • The Captain stamped forward to the day-bed, and scowled down upon the grey-faced sufferer.

    Captain Blood | Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for day bed

day bed

  1. a narrow bed, with a head piece and sometimes a foot piece and back, on which to recline during the day

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