hospital corner

plural hospital corners

Definition of hospital corner

: a neatly folded corner on a bed formed when the corner of a sheet or bedspread is tucked under the mattress The boys wore knickers to school, and, starting at age five, made their own beds, with hospital corners.— Dale Russakoff The couple were gone, but the bed was made with hospital corners and a thin brown blanket.— Sam Lipsyte

First Known Use of hospital corner

1907, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Buying Guide

Our team at The Usage has selected the best mattresses of 2021.

Learn More About hospital corner

Time Traveler for hospital corner

Time Traveler

The first known use of hospital corner was in 1907

See more words from the same year

Statistics for hospital corner

Cite this Entry

“Hospital corner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!