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

  • n. An instance of spending the night as a guest at another's home.
  • n. An overnight guest.

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  • n. the act of spending the night as a guest in another's house, especially the participants are children
  • n. an overnight guest

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

  • n. an occasion of spending a night away from home or having a guest spend the night in your home (especially as a party for children)


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • (Next sleepover is in two weeks time with Pa and Nanna Pam while we go to a wedding.)

    2010 February « Mad Dave and Lil

  • But the good thing about the sleepover is that the three of them just went off and did stuff.

    Less like a manhole cover

  • Wait a minute - how the heck do you define the word sleepover anyway?

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • After feeding the dogs lunch and taking them on another walk, they chose Kemma for a "sleepover" - an introductory experience for the dog and its potential adoptive family at an animal-friendly motel so they could get to know each other. Stories

  • Kathz: I thought I had read all Sayers, but that one must have slipped through - the sleepover was a bust - grrr.

    My thyroid doctor is happy, which scares me.

  • The NAVY has said the sleepover is a violation and unprofessional

  • Mr. Taylor said the sleepover was a "once in a lifetime" chance for the fans to be surrounded by such items from the singer's life as the gate at his Neverland residence, costumes from his many tours, shoes, hats and even a 1967 Rolls Royce Phantom that he used to drive around Los Angeles with friend and actress Elizabeth Taylor.

    News On Japan

  • OH: Editorial - Brunner correct to cease 'sleepover' practice LINK

    'Daily Voting News' For August 26, 2008

  • Finally, 'sleepover' , whether a vulgar Americanism or not, is a totally inaccurate term as no sleeping takes place at all.

    The unspoken rules of playdate etiquette

  • I didn't get to the rainforest but I did go to the port Townsend Farmers Market (see two posts ahead) and had a "sleepover" that night, sort of which is odd, as adults getting a bunch of gals around and doing the gab into the night is sort of fun now and then (we only missed the hot chocolate!)

    Simple pleasures, postcards from Japan, mud slushing and Hoh


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  • I don't know about you, but I feel much safer knowing that a total stranger is taking home the voting machine--where no one else can see it for about 12 hours. Eesh.

    August 20, 2008

  • Ohio is an election battleground state with perennial problems at the polls. So what have election officials in some precincts of the state been doing to keep their voting machines safe from tampering?

    Taking the machines home with them and stashing them in their garages in the days before a big election.

    If it sounds like something pulled straight out of an episode of Saturday Night Live, or Borat for that matter, it’s not. The practice has become so widespread that it even has a nickname, “sleepovers.�?

    The New York Times, Mom, Can My Voting Machine Spend the Night?, by Anahad O'Connor, August 19, 2008

    August 20, 2008