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 The quaint store at 888 Broadway was a major destination for locals and visitors alike for decades with luxury rugs, home decor, furniture, bedding, dinnerware, and lighting. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 The port said auto parts, furniture, bedding, lighting, footwear and other clothing represent the largest share of imports arriving in Portland in containers. oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2021 The 28-foot trailer pairs Airstream's iconic silver exterior with an interior full of Pottery Barn furniture, bedding, and kitchen items. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 27 July 2021 The mattress and bedding deals are impressive, too. Amina Lake Abdelrahman,, 14 July 2021 This includes apparel and shoes for the whole family, deals on furniture and bedding, jewelry and more. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, 21 June 2021 The cost of household furnishings, including furniture and bedding, rose 1.3% last month. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 11 June 2021 The mega mattress retailer is home to hundreds of mattresses — not to mention other sleep essentials like bedding and furniture — from tons of brands. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, 19 Mar. 2021 An internal waterproof membrane prevents urine or other liquids from penetrating the furniture or bedding. Michael Pollick,, 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Cameras on the mast could spy distinctive angular striped layers, called cross-bedding, that only form when deposited as sediments. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 23 Feb. 2021

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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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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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