[ deth-bed ]
/ ˈdɛθˌbɛd /


the bed on which a person dies: The museum contains Lincoln's deathbed.


of, pertaining to, said, or done during the last few hours of a person's life: a deathbed confession.


    on one's deathbed, in the last few hours before death.

Origin of deathbed

First recorded in 1350–1400, deathbed is from the Middle English word deethbed. See death, bed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deathbed


/ (ˈdɛθˌbɛd) /


  1. the bed in which a person is about to die
  2. (as modifier)a deathbed conversion
on one's deathbed about to die
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for deathbed



Old English, "the grave," from death (n.) + bed (n.). Meaning "bed on which someone dies" is from c.1300.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper