bedtime story


: a story read or recounted to someone (such as a child) at bedtime

Examples of bedtime story in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Suki Waterhouse's baby girl has a rather surprising favorite bedtime story. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 29 May 2024 Most of the use cases OpenAI showcased so far seem fun and somewhat helpful, especially to parents, such as tutoring your kids or telling bedtime stories. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 14 May 2024 The film also excels at capturing the comforting rhythms of John’s daily life with Michael — the walks to and from school, afternoons in the park, mealtimes, bedtime stories. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Apr. 2024 Riordan created Percy Jackson as a bedtime story for his son with dyslexia, a private goal of education that has ballooned into an entire publishing imprint dedicated to providing newer authors to explore their own cultures and mythologies. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 25 Nov. 2023 In the aftermath of the Berlin blockade and the creation of NATO, followed by the Soviets’ detonation of their first atomic weapon, readers—Americans, especially—might have been eager for an anti-Stalinist bedtime story. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2024 Among the gifts announced with the auction were Tilda Swinton reading a bedtime story over Zoom, Josh O’Connor teaching a porridge masterclass and tickets to attend a Ramy Youssef stand-up show and afterparty. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 Tyler, a middle-aged former Marine and a good-size man, got down on the floor inches away from us and began to read Steve his bedtime story, a book about Clifford the Big Red Dog saving people from a fire. Sam Apple, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 The shorts are designed to fit into kids’ bedtime routines and feature characters reading bedtime stories and showing their strategy for calming down before bed. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bedtime story was in 1868

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“Bedtime story.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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