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coverlet

[kuhv-er-lit] /ˈkʌv ər lɪt/
noun
1.
Also, coverlid
[kuhv-er-lid] /ˈkʌv ər lɪd/ (Show IPA)
. a bed quilt that does not cover the pillow, used chiefly for warmth; bedspread.
2.
Archaic. any covering or cover.
Origin of coverlet
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English coverlite < Anglo-French cuver-lit bedspread, equivalent to cuver to cover + lit bed < Latin lectus; akin to lie2, lay1
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Examples from the Web for coverlid
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  • Belle stretched out her arms toward Mary and tears flowed down her cheeks and splashed on the coverlid.

    The Motor Maids' School Days Katherine Stokes
  • Drawing the coverlid over him, he was soon, sailor-like, fast asleep.

    Villegagnon W.H.G. Kingston
  • A human being was put inside, with a coverlid of stone on top.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • She drank greedily, so as to spill nearly half of it on the coverlid.

    Poor Jack Frederick Marryat
  • Bajazzo and il Padrone slept behind the thin linen partition, under a coverlid.

    O. T. Hans Christian Andersen
  • His hand, reclined on the coverlid, was clasped in his wife's who was praying fervently.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • How she longed to touch the blue-veined wrist upon the coverlid, but once, just for a certainty of a beating pulse, however faint!

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • The ground was his bed, and the storm of clouds his coverlid.

  • His arm was outside the coverlid, and Curdie gave his hand a hurried grasp as he went by.

    The Princess and Curdie George MacDonald
  • A coverlid; when you get into bed, you have to creep in between the sheet and the coverlid.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
British Dictionary definitions for coverlid

coverlet

/ˈkʌvəlɪt/
noun
1.
another word for bedspread
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Word Origin and History for coverlid

coverlet

n.

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.)).

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