from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The valance and curtains of a bed.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Glasses, glasses is the only drinking: and for thy walls, a pretty slight drollery, or the story of the Prodigal, or the German hunting in water-work, is worth a thousand of these bed-hangings and these fly-bitten tapestries.

    The second part of King Henry the Fourth

  • The beautiful Brussels carpets were eaten into holes, as were also curtains and bed-hangings, table-covers and the backs of wool-worked chairs.

    The Way Home

  • The velvet covering the window-seat was old and faded, like the curtains and the bed-hangings, but it still had a richness, a softness, an air of luxury about it that no modern fabric could match.

    Unwanted Wedding

  • The inventories of household furniture belonging to Reginald de la Pole, after enumerating some bed-hangings of costly stuff, describe: "Item, a pane" (piece of cloth which we now call counterpane) "and head-shete for y'e cradell, of same sute, bothe furred with mynever," -- giving us a comfortable idea of the nursery establishment in the De la Pole family.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866

  • In the first night of a febrile attack, and often in the progress of fever, the bed-hangings appear to the patient swarming with human faces, generally of a disagreeable and menacing expression.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847

  • I can't stop a minute; I must see Major Lester before our quarterly meeting about church expenses, which takes place this afternoon at two o'clock; and I have just remembered that the bed-hangings of the spare room bed are at the laundry, and if Alick is to sleep there to night I must superintend the cleaning of the room myself! '

    The Carved Cupboard

  • He remained for some seconds immovable, his expression lost in the shadow of the bed-hangings; then walked slowly across the chamber.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • Hampton Court there is mention of 230 bed-hangings of English embroidery.

    Chats on Old Lace and Needlework

  • A set of bed-hangings, forming six curtains, made of Italian lace and linen 40 0 0

    Chats on Old Lace and Needlework

  • It now seldom leaves him for a moment; but even when exhausted nature seizes a small portion of sleep, the motion becomes so violent as not only to shake the bed-hangings, but even the floor and sashes of the room.

    An Essay on the Shaking Palsy


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.