Definitions

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

  • n. A usually decorative covering for a bed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The topmost covering of a bed, often functioning as a blanket.
  • n. A coverlet.
  • n. A counterpane.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bedquilt; a counterpane; a coverlet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The uppermost quilt or covering of a bed, generally ornamental.

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

  • n. decorative cover for a bed

Etymologies

bed + spread (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Crucifixes and lots of fancy ornate furniture and a gold satin bedspread****.

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  • After the sun has set i pull myself off the bed, which is rather soft but lumpy with a thin bedspread that is well worn, but clean and freshly straightened for me each morning. the whole hotel is like this, worn but clean and kept.

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  • Above the ornate bed and the gold satin bedspread, there’s a light-up picture of Jesus looking miserable.

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  • Diana spun her dansette a final time, pressing her legs into the quilted satin bedspread.

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  • Nonetheless, the bedspread was the one I'd picked out when I was 8 years old, and the furniture emanated from that era as well.

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  • The bedspread was the same beautiful blue, embroidered with shining silver stars.

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  • The bedspread is a vibrant, orange and green hibiscus print, and the double bed is hand-carved teak, as is a large freestanding mirror and desk.

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  • His Sex Pistols shirt survives, and my velvet bedspread which is admittedly so stifling that you could bake potatoes in it has not been mysteriously set aflame while I was out of town; nor has moriarty6 taken a hacksaw to my plastic glow-in-the-dark cups with the Broad Universe logo on them, even though they're so battered that most of them say things like, "oaduver" or "broise."

    he'll be pink ... and quite clean

  • Others are more like those busy women who, having the generous intention of making a handsome present to their pastor, at as little expense as may be, send to all their neighbors and acquaintances for scraps of various materials, out of which the imposing "bedspread" or counterpane is to be elaborated.

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  • (Think of something like the old-fashioned chenille bedpreads, or that other lumpy bumpy kind of bedspread there used to be tons of when I was a kid.

    Hmmm...

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