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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

Example Sentences

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Then prioritize sleep in your life: Following five good sleep habits added nearly five years to a man’s life expectancy and almost 2.5 years to a woman’s life, a new study found. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 23 Feb. 2023 New research suggests that humans may need more sleep in the winter. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2023 Selina also offers other unique experiences to elevate sleep in locations around the world including tepees in Selina Tulum and upcycled concrete cylinders in Selina Jaco. Roger Sands, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 Several San Antonians in the downtown area have complained on the social platform Nextdoor about frequent train horns disrupting their sleep in the middle of the night since November. Shepard Price, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Feb. 2023 Next comes calming messages, centering meditation sessions, and a personal consultation to help guests make a game plan for getting a better night's sleep in their daily lives, post-hotel stay. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Jan. 2023 There’s nothing quite as luxurious as getting a good night’s sleep in a plush, cozy hotel bed that’s decked out with the highest quality linens. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Jan. 2023 For Herro, a good night’s sleep in Atlanta apparently was enough for rejuvenation. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2023 With the ability to track your sleep in addition to all of the voice control capacity of the original, the second-generation Nest Hub smart display is an ideal bedside companion for Google Assistant users. Jade Chung-lee, PCMAG, 9 Dec. 2022 See More

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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 24 Mar. 2023.

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