Bedtime



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.
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.
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Along with bedtime stories and hints of literary tales, Dybek turns Richard into a narrator to recount his life story.
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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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Historical Examples

At bedtime, I laid her on my heart, still heaving with sobs; and she seemed to sigh too.
Child Life in Prose Various

George by bedtime did not know whether he was on his head or his heels.
Camps, Quarters and Casual Places Archibald Forbes

I usually prescribe it in doses of two grains, three times a day, the last dose being taken just at bedtime.
Sleep and Its Derangements William A. Hammond

Not everybody heeded the advice, though at bedtime most had resolved to do so.
It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson

Olaf loved the birds, and the cheer of their vesper song and bedtime twitter comforted Alan.
The Alaskan James Oliver Curwood

noun

the time when one usually goes to bed
(as modifier): a bedtime story

n.

also bed-time, early 13c., from bed (n.) + time (n.). Bed-time story attested from 1867.

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