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bed·​ding ˈbe-diŋ How to pronounce bedding (audio)
: a bottom layer : foundation
: material to provide a bed for livestock


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

Example Sentences

Noun Wash your cat's bedding regularly. Adjective The flower makes an excellent bedding plant.
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Mau shared test results with us that showed no lead, cadmium, or formaldehyde were detected in the products tested—this included plush bedding, sisal ropes, metal frames, particle board, tree trunk, plywood, and other woods and fillings. Medea Giordano, WIRED, 6 Nov. 2022 Babies should sleep on their backs and ditch the soft bedding — no padded crib bumpers, blankets or pillows, including those claiming to shape infant heads. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 3 Nov. 2022 The MagicPro is a powerful tool for cleaning and refreshing drapery, upholstery, bedding, tablecloths, stuffed toys, and other heftier fabrics as well. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Nov. 2022 That includes clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, curtains, and fabric. Bailey Allen,, 31 Oct. 2022 The online furniture descount retailer’s Way Day sale takes place Oct. 26 to 28 with up to 80% off on seating, area rugs, bedroom furnishings, kitchen and dining tables, bathroom hardware bedding, tabeltop and cookware and more. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Oct. 2022 Find appliances, bedding, home decor, furniture and so much more during the two-day event. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 26 Oct. 2022 Furniture, home decor, appliances, bedding, rugs and more are discounted up to 80% off. Heath Owens, Good Housekeeping, 26 Oct. 2022 The original store sold farm products and feed including grain, hay, straw, bedding, pellets and supply for the area’s bustling agriculture and livestock industry. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 24 Oct. 2022
Today, the brand has offices and operations in both the US and UK, and has grown to include, much more bedding, sleepwear, table linens, gifts and accessories. Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, 10 June 2022 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 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from Old English, from bedd


from gerund of bed entry 2

First Known Use


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


1836, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Bedding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: material for a bed

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