bed·​time | \ˈbed-ˌtīm \

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.

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The video blogger, model, and actress shows her bedtime routine. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Go To Bed With Me Amanda Steele," 23 Sep. 2016 No cramming in homework time, prepping lunches for the next day, or rushing through the usual bedtime routines. Ellie Delano, Woman's Day, "5 For Friday - What Are Your Favorite Things About Summer?," 20 June 2014 Same goes with night time naps: Don't nap less than six hours before bedtime. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "10 Sleep Tips for College Students," 7 Sep. 2018 Taking a bath before bedtime is also one of my favorites, so seeing little bottles of bath salts or a candle is a nice touch. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Maria Sharapova Answers 37 Questions About Travel," 27 Aug. 2018 According to the doctor, using electronics before bedtime can hurt sleep because the brain can't fully relax. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Gaming disorder is a real condition. Does your kid have it?," 18 June 2018 Directed by Best Cinematography nominee Rachel Morrison, the ad’s two action stars turn out to be, in fact, little girls playing make-believe inside a blue Walmart box, and the monster — warning that bedtime is close — is their mother. Eliza Berman, Time, "One of the Best Movies at the 2018 Oscars Was a One-Minute Walmart Commercial," 5 Mar. 2018 The Ordinary: Now check out 100 years of bedtime beauty rituals: Follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Deciem's Founder Says the Skin-Care Brand Is Temporarily Shutting Down," 8 Oct. 2018 Your brain takes light as a cue to be awake, so keep your exposure to light to a minimum around bedtime. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "10 Sleep Tips for College Students," 7 Sep. 2018

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13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bedtime

: the usual time when someone goes to bed


bed·​time | \ˈbed-ˌtīm \

Kids Definition of bedtime

: time to go to bed

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