bed·​time | \ ˈbed-ˌtīm How to pronounce bedtime (audio) \

Definition of bedtime

: a time for going to bed

Examples of bedtime in a Sentence

The children are still up? It's way past their bedtimes.
Recent Examples on the Web Next, set up your sleep environment and establish a relaxing bedtime routine. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 Accompanying the animations are new printables and coloring and activity sheets, including Good Night routine cards to help children develop a healthy bedtime routine. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 What to do: Practice good sleep ‘hygiene’ by turning off your devices an hour before bed and establishing a consistent bedtime routine. Lambeth Hochwald, Good Housekeeping, 22 Sep. 2021 Using a sound machine, swaddling, and sticking to a bedtime routine also usually helps. Jeffrey Van Camp, Wired, 25 Aug. 2021 Pajama-esque, but far too interesting to be reserved for bedtime, Ilinčić’s separates were as compelling as the art on the walls. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 26 July 2021 Some studies have shown that incorporating sleep stories into one's bedtime routine can help reduce stress and relax the mind for a good night's sleep. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 14 June 2021 Then, together with Masie, the parents devised a simple, relaxing 30-minute bedtime routine. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 18 Nov. 2017 The story — not recommended for bedtime reading — is disturbing as well as tremendously important. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of bedtime

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2021

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“Bedtime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bedtime

: the usual time when someone goes to bed


bed·​time | \ ˈbed-ˌtīm How to pronounce bedtime (audio) \

Kids Definition of bedtime

: time to go to bed


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