bed·​stead | \ ˈbed-ˌsted \

Definition of bedstead

: the framework of a bed

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My dad had rigged a ramp up to a derelict bedstead and boarded over the springs. Jeanette Winterson, The New Yorker, "Anyone Can Milk a Rubber Glove," 4 June 2017 In guest rooms, fires and lamplight illuminate upholstered sleigh beds or traditional turned-wood New England bedsteads. Condé Nast Traveler, "Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond," 20 Oct. 2017 Our room’s vintage iron bedstead was set against walls painted a soft, saturated green. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Inn-Escapable: Groveland’s Hotel Charlotte," 25 Feb. 2017 One room boasts crimson walls and a large white wooden bedstead, with pretty floral bedding. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Inn-Escapable: Groveland’s Hotel Charlotte," 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, "Elizabeth Murray: A Singular Style, Steeped in Many," 5 Jan. 2017 Guest bedrooms are furnished with mother-of-pearl wardrobes from Syria and gold bedsteads from Egypt. Lizzie Porter, CNN, "Saving Beirut's crumbling heritage architecture," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of bedstead

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bedstead

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

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bed steps


bed stone

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English Language Learners Definition of bedstead

: the frame of a bed : the part of a bed on which the mattress lies


bed·​stead | \ ˈbed-ˌsted \

Kids Definition of bedstead

: the framework of a bed

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a servile follower or underling

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