deathbed

noun
death·​bed | \ ˈdeth-ˌbed How to pronounce deathbed (audio) \

Definition of deathbed

1 : the bed in which a person dies
2 : the last hours of life
on one's deathbed
: near the point of death

Examples of deathbed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In June 1999, when Fred Trump was on his deathbed, the family convened around it to pay their respects. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "A bizarre White House dinner with Donald Trump and more cringeworthy moments from Mary Trump’s book," 9 July 2020 That man’s wife was the woman that my father called on, on his deathbed. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, "Review: Dave Chappelle’s 8:46 lends catharsis, insight, and some laughs," 19 June 2020 My father, on his deathbed, called for his grandmother. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Dave Chappelle’s new special isn’t stand-up. It’s an anguished history of violence," 12 June 2020 Her father, Simcha Ben-Shay, 75, was on his deathbed. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "‘It’s Really a Gift’: Israeli Hospitals Let Relatives Say Goodbye Up Close," 20 Apr. 2020 Her father, Simcha Ben-Shay, 75, was on his deathbed. David M. Halbfinger, BostonGlobe.com, "‘It’s really a gift’: Israeli hospitals let relatives say goodbye in person," 20 Apr. 2020 Lewinsky took to Twitter after reports earlier in the day that Tripp was on her deathbed. refinery29.com, "Clinton Whistleblower Linda Tripp Dies At 70, Monica Lewinsky Reacts To Her Illness," 9 Apr. 2020 In his hospital room, Hopper seems poised to receive a deathbed secret when mortality intervenes. Washington Post, "There’s no shortage of novels about what happens when the Earth stops spinning. ‘The Last Day’ may set a new standard.," 10 Feb. 2020 Strapped to his deathbed inside the execution chamber, the 47-year-old Ochoa spoke through a microphone set over his head. Imelda García, Dallas News, "‘Justice has been done’: Relatives of Oak Cliff massacre victims satisfied with killer’s execution," 8 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of deathbed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deathbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deathbed. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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deathbed

noun
death·​bed | \ ˈdeth-ˌbed How to pronounce deathbed (audio) \

Kids Definition of deathbed

: the bed a person dies in
on someone's deathbed
: very close to death

deathbed

noun
death·​bed | \ ˈdeth-ˌbed How to pronounce deathbed (audio) \

Medical Definition of deathbed

1 : the bed in which a person dies
2 : the last hours of life
on one's deathbed
: near the point of death

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