bedtime story


Definition of 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 The season 4 episode featured Anthony Anderson's character Dre telling his son a bedtime story incorporating his feelings about Trump one year after the election. Christian Holub,, "Trump-focused black-ish episode, once pulled from TV, finally available to stream on Hulu," 11 Aug. 2020 His children ran into the picture in their pajamas to peer curiously at his laptop, before Shira Chalk, his wife, whisked them away for a bedtime story. Elizabeth Dalziel, Star Tribune, "AP PHOTOS: Across faiths, pandemic alters worship, rites," 13 Aug. 2020 In the episode, Andre (Anthony Anderson) takes it upon himself to read his young son a bedtime story, adding a startling sociopolitical twist that takes his narrative from fairytale to living nightmare. Ineye Komonibo,, "Black-ish‘s Lost Episode Is Terrifyingly Timely," 11 Aug. 2020 The bedtime story skips freely across American history, with Dre just barely modulating the facts for a family audience. Darren Franich,, "The lovely lost black-ish episode finally takes its place in TV history: Review," 11 Aug. 2020 But this bedtime story recounts the tumultuous social and political news of DeVante's first year on Earth. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "ABC hid this political 'Black-ish' episode in 2018, but it's even more powerful in 2020," 11 Aug. 2020 When everyone has their teeth brushed and jammies on, Karen starts to read all 11 a bedtime story. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch 'Doubling Down With the Derricos' Stars Karen and Deon Open Up About Their Family," 3 Aug. 2020 Who wants to hear a bedtime story from Dolly Parton? Aj Willingham, CNN, "All The Good Stuff that happened this week," 3 Apr. 2020 Sometime in the future, a father is telling his young son a bedtime story about 2020 hindsight. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: This is a time for extraordinary gratitude," 19 May 2020

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First Known Use of bedtime story

1868, in the meaning defined above

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7 Sep 2020

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

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