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[bed-tahym] /ˈbɛdˌtaɪm/
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.
Origin of bedtime
1200-50; Middle English; see bed, time Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for bedtime
  • Many of us enjoy an occasional bedtime chat with a loved one who is far away.
  • We did not have the benefit of having stories read to us at bedtime, and unfortunately went to bed hungry far too often.
  • When gathered around the stove before bedtime, veterans of these stations sometimes tell newcomers a cautionary tale.
  • There is no fixed bedtime, and no one tells anyone else to go to sleep.
  • One part of the site contains sea-kitten bedtime stories.
  • Take melatonin earlier--if possible, take it at what would be bedtime in your new time zone.
  • He picks his own bedtime reading, and he chooses these books about every other day.
  • While some children were finishing their homework or reading bedtime stories, those with games were mashing buttons.
  • What the story was actually about were the bedtime complaints of a disenfranchised fourth grader.
  • He seemed to be having far too good a time to think of settling down to warmed slippers and bedtime cocoa.
British Dictionary definitions for bedtime


  1. the time when one usually goes to bed
  2. (as modifier): a bedtime story
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bedtime

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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