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 My grandfather would wax wistfully about growing up on the Upper West Side with his father, hearing bedtime stories told by the artist Marcel Duchamp, who was one of Harold’s regular chess partners. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "“The Queen’s Gambit” Is the Most Satisfying Show on Television," 13 Nov. 2020 Southern California will prepare for Saturday's season opener against Arizona State with a round of COVID-19 testing and an early bedtime. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Better late than never, the Pac-12 joins the race for the College Football Playoff," 5 Nov. 2020 Before bedtime on Tuesday night the pro-sports crowd in Portland pumped a fist and breathed a sigh of relief. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Did you hear the cheers? Election night fell the right way for Portland’s pro-sports crowd," 4 Nov. 2020 This means no television or scrolling on your phone within an hour of bedtime. Matt Villano, CNN, "How the pandemic is contributing to your insomnia," 27 Oct. 2020 Renty is known not as an object of study but a source of comfort and pride, the star of the family bedtime stories, a man who secretly taught himself and others to read. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "The First Photos of Enslaved People Raise Many Questions About the Ethics of Viewing," 29 Sep. 2020 When Emily Levin was a kid, her dad, a Protestant minister, told her bedtime stories. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "If you think harps are ‘soft’ instruments, the Dallas Symphony’s Emily Levin begs to differ," 22 Sep. 2020 Yes, that means putting away your phones and tablets at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Helen Bond, Dallas News, "Happiness hacks: Three ways to squeeze some more joy out of your day," 26 Oct. 2020 Here are some exercises to try right before bedtime: Cat/cow — Moving between cat and cow yoga poses releases upper-back and neck tension and synchronizes breath and movement. Kelly Dinardo New York Times, Star Tribune, "Exercise your way to better sleep," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of bedtime

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2020

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“Bedtime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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