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 Far-More Shade, or FMS, has long been making pet bedding at its Mesquite warehouse, serving customers both online and at dog shows all over the country. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Mesquite manufacturer pivots from pet beds to facemasks," 27 May 2020 Ariel Kaye founded the brand Parachute in Los Angeles in 2014 to sell high quality bedding. The Washington Post, "Q&A: Parachute founder Ariel Kaye on how to create a comfortable home.," 23 May 2020 Nolah is offering 25 percent of mattresses, 20 percent off adjustable bases, and 40 percent off all bedding. oregonlive, "A new mattress may be the best home upgrade during coronavirus isolation: Take advantage of these Memorial Day sales," 19 May 2020 Before the spawn, bass cruise to feed and look for bedding sites. Mark Hicks, Field & Stream, "How to Sight Fish for Cruising Bass," 19 May 2020 Right now, Wayfair is offering up to 60% off mattresses, while other bedding necessities—like pillows and mattress toppers—start at just $35. Christie Calucchia, Better Homes & Gardens, "Wayfair’s Memorial Day Sale Just Started Early—Here’s What to Buy," 19 May 2020 Other projects include replacing hose, appliances and bedding., "Fairfield looks at parks, vehicles, equipment and road work in capital budget," 11 May 2020 State lawyers say that the corrections agency is implementing a social distancing plan involving pods in which groups of inmates are separated and bedding is rearranged to have each pod more than six feet from others. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "3 more inmates die at Chino prison as coronavirus infections continue to spread," 8 May 2020 Better to use something soft, like sheets or old bedding that's not too heavy for tender stems. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Kentuckiana is getting ready for a big chill this weekend that could kill your new plants," 7 May 2020

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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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“Bedding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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