the time at which a person usually goes to bed:
It’s past my bedtime.
the time at which a person goes to bed on a particular night:
I have to get up early tomorrow so bedtime tonight will be 9 o’clock.
It is a bedtime story for adults, filled with first names only—Jack and Polly, Jane and Jean, Asa and Madge, Luke and Annie.
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The crowd — already standing room only — rose to applaud her bedtime tale.
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I turned on my closet light and sat in there well after bedtime, flipping pages until my eyes watered.
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Her parents became members, and she would only see them at bedtime.
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At bedtime, I laid her on my heart, still heaving with sobs; and she seemed to sigh too.
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George by bedtime did not know whether he was on his head or his heels.
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I usually prescribe it in doses of two grains, three times a day, the last dose being taken just at bedtime.
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Not everybody heeded the advice, though at bedtime most had resolved to do so.
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Olaf loved the birds, and the cheer of their vesper song and bedtime twitter comforted Alan.
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the time when one usually goes to bed
(as modifier): a bedtime story
also bed-time, early 13c., from bed (n.) + time (n.). Bed-time story attested from 1867.
- Bedtime story
a story told to a child at bedtime. Contemporary Examples It is a bedtime story for adults, filled with first names only—Jack and Polly, Jane and Jean, Asa and Madge, Luke and Annie. This Week’s Hot Reads: March 30, 2012 Jimmy So April 1, 2012 Amazon’s new wireless reading device is sleeker, faster—and will even […]
- Bed tray
a meal tray with legs or supports at each end to fit across the lap of a person who is sitting up in bed.
a long-handled, covered pan containing hot coals, used for warming beds. noun a metal pan containing hot coals, formerly used to warm a bed
a person, usually a child, who urinates while sleeping, especially habitually.