bed·​roll | \ ˈbed-ˌrōl How to pronounce bedroll (audio) \

Definition of bedroll

: bedding rolled up for carrying

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Recent Examples on the Web Fewer people are homeless here than any other L.A. district, according to the latest tally, but tents, RVs and bedrolls are still a familiar sight in industrial stretches of Chatsworth. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, "This Valley district got a rare pitch to build homeless housing. Can it survive opposition?," 18 Sep. 2019 Sam emerges with bedrolls, scant provisions, a pot and pan, and Ma’s old trunk. New York Times, "‘How Much of These Hills Is Gold,’ by C Pam Zhang: An Excerpt," 7 Apr. 2020 The activists had brought a lot of pot but not enough jackets or bedrolls. David Treuer, New York Times, "How a Native American Resistance Held Alcatraz for 18 Months," 21 Nov. 2019 Sometimes older drifters would pass by, men with only the clothes on their backs, maybe a bedroll across their shoulders. Chris Rush, Harper's magazine, "Love and Acid," 19 Aug. 2019 The SEALs got so close to some, Cassidy said, that abandoned bedrolls were still warm with body heat. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "What it’s like to serve in Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL — and then see it from space," 18 July 2019 More than eight years ago, homeless men and women set up tents and bedrolls in an empty lot near downtown Sacramento to challenge the city’s ordinance against camping outdoors for more than a day at a time. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Homeless gather in Sacramento court to fight city's anti-camping ordinance | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Oct. 2017 To help, Liu and a team of five classmates recently raised $17,000 to manufacture 250 bedrolls and send them to resettlement areas in northwest Syria. Washington Post, "MIT student making sleeping bags for refugees in Middle East," 15 Oct. 2017 Families are camped out everywhere, their bedrolls, blankets, water jugs and round steel food tins clogging the hallways. Jeffrey Gettleman And Hari Kumar, New York Times, "The Night the Oxygen Ran Out in an Indian Hospital," 17 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of bedroll

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bedroll was in 1849

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11 Jun 2020

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“Bedroll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bedroll

US : bedding materials that are rolled together so that they can be carried from one place to another

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