American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A bed having tall corner posts originally intended to support curtains or a canopy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large bed having four posts for curtains.
- adj. Having four vertical columns, one in each corner, that support a tester, so that curtains can be hung to exclude draughts from the sleeper.
- n. A four-poster bed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. colloq. A large bedstead with tall posts at the corners to support a canopy or curtains.
- n. a bed with posts at the four corners that can be used to support a canopy or curtains
“An antique four-poster bed dominated the room, surrounded by abstract watercolor paintings in vivid jewel tones.”
“A four-poster bed took up half the room, veiled in long, sheer violet curtains and gold tassels.”
“My four-poster bed shook hard and fast from our movements.”
“This is the essential difference between curating a collection at a museum and one at a federal agency: These are working buildings where staff and visitors -- and, in the case of Blair House, overnight guests - use the furniture, walk on the rugs, sleep in the four-poster beds, drink from the tea cups, write at the desk and, sometimes, break the chair when they lean back too far.”
“A belltent sleeps four on two double futons and has shared facilities, the luxury lodge tents have their own toilet and shower and sleep six double bed, two singles and a sofabed, while the deluxe tents have extras such as four-poster beds and candle chandeliers, a large wood-burning stove and a fridge.”
“The luxurious room includes a four-poster bed, a waterproof television in the bathroom and a framed prototype of the wedding gown Queen Victoria wore.”
“The child's puppet dolls are miniatures of herself and Miss Jessel, dangled menacingly over the canopy of the big four-poster bed where the virginal new governess endures her fevered nightmares.”
“On over 250 acres and bordering the Yarra River, this 1854 Relais et Chateaux property is lushly comfortable, and from four-poster antique beds 'roos peer back at you through huge windows overlooking the vine-clad hills.”
“A number of four-poster beds are a feature of the sale, including an intricately-carved Elizabethan Revival oak four-poster bed from circa 1920 from the silver bedroom that is valued at £10,000-£15,000; and an Italian Rococo 19th-century giltwood example, covered with carved figures and scrolling foliate, carries an estimate of £8,000-£12,000.”
“Curled up in his seraglio-inspired space, I took in the visual splendor — the towering four-poster mirrored bed with striped silk taffeta upholstery, the wall-to-wall caramel cashmere underfoot, the yards of couture curtains across simple French windows and the endless originality — which all added up to a tailored, comfortable, no-grandmother-in-sight inner sanctum.”
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