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[kuhv-er-lit] /ˈkʌv ər lɪt/
Also, coverlid
[kuhv-er-lid] /ˈkʌv ər lɪd/ (Show IPA)
. a bed quilt that does not cover the pillow, used chiefly for warmth; bedspread.
Archaic. any covering or cover.
Origin of coverlet
1250-1300; Middle English coverlite < Anglo-French cuver-lit bedspread, equivalent to cuver to cover + lit bed < Latin lectus; akin to lie2, lay1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He did not undress, but slept just as he was, with a ragged coat for a coverlet.

  • My neighbor let the coverlet fall back, and they were hidden again as by magic.

  • "Neither do I." He clenched his teeth tightly and beat his fists upon the coverlet.

    Bat Wing Sax Rohmer
  • “Look at him,” said the Doctor merrily, and he snatched the coverlet back.

    Fix Bay'nets George Manville Fenn
  • Spike started in his bed; then he buried his face in the coverlet—and he actually groaned.

  • Except the sleep that has the sod for a coverlet and Gabriel's trumpet for a breakfast bell.

  • No wonder, for she had been wrapped so close in the coverlet.

    Uncle Silas J. S. LeFanu
  • Then Thirteenth gave a hard pull, seized the coverlet, and ran away.

    Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane
  • He slowly dared to close his hand on hers which lay outside the coverlet.

    Emily Fox-Seton Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • I was asleep in my bed, and the ghosts came and twitched away my coverlet!'

    Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane
British Dictionary definitions for coverlet


another word for bedspread
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for coverlet

c.1300, perhaps a diminutive of cover (n.), but early form coverlite suggests an unrecorded Old French or folk-etymology *covre-lit, from covrir "to cover" + lit "bed" (see litter (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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