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[bed-sted, -stid] /ˈbɛdˌstɛd, -stɪd/
the framework of a bed supporting the springs and a mattress.
Origin of bedstead
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English bedstede. See bed, stead Unabridged
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  • It was a large, dark, oak-paneled room, with a dark carpet on the floor and dark-green curtains on the windows and the bedstead.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • Shut the door, put out the candle, turn me up in the bedstead!

  • First it might be a table or a cupboard, or perhaps a bedstead or a cast-iron cookstove.

  • La Couteau had remained waiting, mute and motionless, at the foot of the bedstead.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • The people of the gambling-house kept their bedstead machinery a secret from us—even from the police!

  • At one moment, he fancied his bedstead was being shaken in a peculiar manner.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • The posts at the four corners of the bedstead stood like masts.

    A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade
  • D'Alcacer approached the bedstead with a certain reluctance.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • There was no bedstead, but an accumulation of rags in one corner covered two dirty little children.

    The Man with the Book John Matthias Weylland
  • So we resigned the easy-chair and bought a bedstead and some very plain bedding.

    Rudder Grange Frank R. Stockton
British Dictionary definitions for bedstead


the framework of a bed, usually including a headboard and springs but excluding the mattress and other coverings
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Word Origin and History for bedstead

c.1400, from bed (n.) + stead; strictly "the place occupied by a bed," but usually "raised stand on which a bed sits."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bedstead in the Bible

used in Deut. 3:11, but elsewhere rendered "couch," "bed." In 2 Kings 1:4; 16:2; Ps. 132:3; Amos 3:12, the divan is meant by this word.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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