from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Coverings, such as sheets and blankets, that are ordinarily used on a bed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Sheets, blankets, quilts or other coverings used on a bed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blankets, sheets, coverlets, etc., for a bed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The coverings used on beds; sheets, blankets, quilts, etc., collectively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. coverings that are used on a bed


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  • The bedclothes are the exact color of your eyes, which I imagined shining up at me as I made love to you.

    How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

  • Often there is nothing that can be properly called bedclothes at all — just a heap of old overcoats and miscellaneous rags on a rusty iron bedstead.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • The bedclothes were a festival of natural fibers—cotton, wool, silk, mohair—all flavors of the same pale gray.

    Isabel’s Bed

  • Sometimes Toto manages to get the outermost layer of bedclothes, which is fine.


  • The bedclothes were a little mussed, but she probably didn’t last long enough to suffer much.


  • Jessie looked with dismay at the collection of dirty-looking shawls and coats her stepmother was piling on the sofa as "bedclothes," and if she had not been so dead tired, she could never have brought herself to lie down under them.

    The Story of Jessie

  • "But this bed did not exactly suit our fancy, and, seeing the necessity for some better kind of bedclothes, our wits were once more set to working, in order to discover something with which to fasten together the duck-skins that we had been saving and drying, and of which we had now almost a hundred.

    Cast Away in the Cold An Old Man's Story of a Young Man's Adventures, as Related by Captain John Hardy, Mariner

  • I took a fresh hold on my bedclothes and was preparing to start on, when some movement caught my eye and I looked astern to the rail.

    Chapter 14

  • The mattresses finally arrived, and Charles had Mrs. Chiffinch sew me some delicious snowy bedclothes.

    Exit the Actress

  • Because even if the male deaths total the same number (which I don't know), the fact is that they are filmed entirely differently: they are clothed, the camera doesn't linger on them, they're not swimming, in bed, in bedclothes, bathing.

    women in horror, the legend continues


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  • ' the next bed was this, you can only call it 'thing', - no bedclothes, just an official nightdress thing - and while we were telling lies to our one, it started up a sort of whining gurgling wheezing noise.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    July 4, 2008