bed·​sit ˌbed-ˈsit How to pronounce bedsit (audio)
variants or less commonly bed-sit
plural bedsits also bed-sits
: a one-room apartment serving as both bedroom and living room
At times he would work on benches in train stations, or in Kew Gardens, just to escape the solitude of his bedsit.Andrew Brown

called also bedsitter, bed-sitting room

Examples of bedsit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Marlene was remembering those evenings when Charlotte had gone round to conspire with the doctor in his bedsit, then come home and let herself into the flat so late, with such a guilty, heated, angry, happy face. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 Colwin was known in life as in writing for her cheer and bonhomie, as well as her ability to create a dinner party in the smallest bedsit. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2023 Street selling countercultural tchotchkes, but even the wealthy are exploited: paying to live the 1970s nightmare of a claustrophobic bedsit. Max Holleran, The New Republic, 27 Sep. 2022 Charlotte began going out in the evenings, with an anxious, important face, to visit his lonely bedsit and negotiate the next step with him. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bedsit was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Bedsit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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