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bedtime

[bed-tahym] /ˈbɛdˌtaɪm/
noun
1.
the time at which a person usually goes to bed:
It's past my bedtime.
2.
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
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English; see bed, time
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  • At bedtime, I laid her on my heart, still heaving with sobs; and she seemed to sigh too.

  • George by bedtime did not know whether he was on his head or his heels.

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for bedtime

bedtime

/ˈbɛdˌtaɪm/
noun
1.
  1. the time when one usually goes to bed
  2. (as modifier): a bedtime story
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Word Origin and History for bedtime
n.

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

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