bed·​ding | \ ˈbe-diŋ How to pronounce bedding (audio) \

Definition of bedding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a bottom layer : foundation
3 : material to provide a bed for livestock



Definition of bedding (Entry 2 of 2)

: suitable for planting in large groups in flower beds to produce a mass display bedding plants

Examples of bedding in a Sentence

Noun Wash your cat's bedding regularly. Adjective The flower makes an excellent bedding plant.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Save up to 20 percent on bedding and bath items, and get an extra 15 percent off with code HOME. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Here's Where to Find the Best Home Sales for the Long MLK Day Weekend Ahead," 17 Jan. 2020 Stock up on furniture, rugs, art, bedding, and even lighting at Wayfair's January Clearance sale. Kate Tully Ellsworth, USA TODAY, "Wayfair is having a huge Martin Luther King Day sale—here are the best deals," 17 Jan. 2020 The architecture is hacienda-style, and the bedding and decor have Mexican patterns. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Mexico: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 Ask a family member without a pet allergy to clean litter boxes or bedding and brush the pet outside. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Allergic to dogs? It may only be the males," 7 Jan. 2020 In my area, honeysuckle leaves not only remain green during the late season, but the dense stands also provide bedding and security cover for hungry whitetails. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "The 9 Best Late-Season Deer Foods," 6 Jan. 2020 In addition to free shipping, last year, end-of-season items were 70% off, bedding and bath products were 20% off, and armchairs were 25% off. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "The After Christmas Sales To Keep on Your Radar," 9 Dec. 2019 Tuft & Needle sells mattresses, bedding and other furniture directly to customers through its website. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Report: Personal information of 236,000 Tuft & Needle customers exposed," 3 Dec. 2019 Slate walls framed with elegant molding and Celtic knots, alongside plush bedding and Irish wool blankets, wrap me in comfort as the surrounding countryside slides by under a sheet of rain. Vogue, "Riding an Old-World Train Through Ireland With Chef Clodagh McKenna," 30 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bedding


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bedding


Middle English, from Old English, from bedd


from gerund of bed entry 2

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The first known use of bedding was before the 12th century

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27 Jan 2020

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“Bedding.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bedding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the sheets and blankets that are used on a bed
: something used for an animal's bed



English Language Learners Definition of bedding (Entry 2 of 2)

: suitable for being planted in large groups in a flower bed


bed·​ding | \ ˈbe-diŋ How to pronounce bedding (audio) \

Kids Definition of bedding

2 : material for a bed

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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