bedtime story


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Many have strong memories attached to the bedtime story, which has persisted through generations of children, parents and grandparents. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2022 Maybe a video call to read a bedtime story to a young child is perfect. Kate Stone Lombardi, Good Housekeeping, 9 Dec. 2022 The plot itself arose from a bedtime story that Kirschner told his two young daughters in the 1980s. Laura Zornosa, Time, 30 Sep. 2022 The screenwriter first introduced his character as a bedtime story, spinning out zany situations where Cocobanana’s good intentions pave the path to mayhem. Ben Croll, Variety, 21 Sep. 2022 American exceptionalism portrays the Nation’s history as a kind of bedtime story, with a beginning, a middle, and a triumphantly happy ending. Time, 15 Sep. 2022 There’s nothing quite as delightful as curling up with a young child and a bedtime story. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Sep. 2022 Harry Styles put on his cozy blue and brown polka dot pajamas to read the sweetest bedtime story on Monday (May 23), as part of the Bedtime Stories series on the British children’s television channel, CBeebies. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 23 May 2022 Alexa has an edge with third-party functionality, thanks to thousands of different skills that can do everything from order pizza to read a bedtime story. Will Greenwald, PCMAG, 28 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bedtime story was in 1868

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“Bedtime story.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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