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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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  • At bedtime, I laid her on my heart, still heaving with sobs; and she seemed to sigh too.

  • Come, children,” said their father, “it is an hour past your bedtime.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • 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
  • It is about my bedtime, and I think I will go to my sampan and retire.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • Olaf loved the birds, and the cheer of their vesper song and bedtime twitter comforted Alan.

    The Alaskan James Oliver Curwood
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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