bed·​time ˈbed-ˌtīm How to pronounce bedtime (audio)
: a time for going to bed

Examples of bedtime in a Sentence

The children are still up? It's way past their bedtimes.
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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bedtime was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bedtime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


bed·​time ˈbed-ˌtīm How to pronounce bedtime (audio)
: time to go to bed
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