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

  • n. A bed having tall corner posts originally intended to support curtains or a canopy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large bedstead with tall posts at the corners to support a canopy or curtains.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large bed having four posts for curtains.

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

  • n. a bed with posts at the four corners that can be used to support a canopy or curtains


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