bed·​sit·​ter | \ ˈbed-ˌsi-tər How to pronounce bedsitter (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bed-sitter
plural bedsitters also bed-sitters

Definition of bedsitter

: a one-room apartment serving as both bedroom and sitting room : bedsit Ebury Street with its bedsitters, flatlets, small businesses, and round the corner a post-office, could not afford airs.— Patrick White

Examples of bedsitter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Samson and Gregor moved their mother, the sofa, and whatever else out of Lotte’s ample apartment could be made to fit, into the bedsitter in the Hudson Valley. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of bedsitter

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bedsitter

bed-sitting room + -er (as in fresher freshman, rugger rugby)

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“Bedsitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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