bed·​stead ˈbed-ˌsted How to pronounce bedstead (audio)
: the framework of a bed

Examples of bedstead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only possible exit is a skylight, and the only means of reaching it is to build a tower from a bedstead and other bits of furniture. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2023 My dad had rigged a ramp up to a derelict bedstead and boarded over the springs. Jeanette Winterson, The New Yorker, 4 June 2017 In guest rooms, fires and lamplight illuminate upholstered sleigh beds or traditional turned-wood New England bedsteads. Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Oct. 2017 Our room’s vintage iron bedstead was set against walls painted a soft, saturated green. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, 25 Feb. 2017 One room boasts crimson walls and a large white wooden bedstead, with pretty floral bedding. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, 25 Feb. 2017 The sense of domesticity and its discontent is often present, with a brass bedstead making recurring appearances. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2017 Guest bedrooms are furnished with mother-of-pearl wardrobes from Syria and gold bedsteads from Egypt. Lizzie Porter, CNN, 3 July 2017 See More

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Word History


Middle English bedstede, from bed + stede stead, place — more at stead entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bedstead was in the 15th century

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“Bedstead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


bed·​stead -ˌsted How to pronounce bedstead (audio)
: the framework of a bed

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