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: that lives at the place of employment
a sleep-in maid

sleep in

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slept in; sleeping in; sleeps in

intransitive verb

: to sleep where one is employed
: to sleep late intentionally

Examples of sleep-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
After a day of Janine avoiding Gregory, the two finally start to hash it out during a sleep-in field trip at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute. Selome Hailu, Variety, 20 Apr. 2023
Celebrate Mom by letting her sleep in, take some of those chores off her list, or lighten her load by running some errands. Jennifer Borresen, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 Here’s a great piece from this week: Is your co-worker sleeping in their car? Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2024 The group then compared those values with local homeless populations to see whether more money in one area affected how many people slept in tents or shelters. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2024 At night, the carriers rested the Mazu statue in a temple, and hardier pilgrims slept in the temple or on the nearby streets. Amy Chang Chien Lam Yik Fei, New York Times, 3 May 2024 Others include spending a night in the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy, staying in the clock room in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, or sleeping in a bedroom in a Minneapolis, Minnesota home purchased by musician Prince after it was featured in the film Purple Rain. Mallory Moench, TIME, 2 May 2024 Choose from meditation, cooking, or yoga classes, or sleep in and spend your afternoon at the spa. Mariette Williams, Essence, 2 May 2024 Its 1,000 grams of 850-fill-power hydrophobic goose down gave me no issues retaining body moisture after sleeping in it for a week on Alaska’s Kahiltna Glacier. Scott Gilbertson Gear Team, WIRED, 28 Apr. 2024 During the fire department's inspection Wednesday, 15 people were found sleeping in the main room of the church, the mayor's press release said. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 26 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1951, in the meaning defined above


1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sleep-in was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Sleep-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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