sleep·​over | \ ˈslēp-ō-vər How to pronounce sleepover (audio) \

Definition of sleepover

1 : an overnight stay (as at another's home)
2 : an instance of hosting a sleepover in one's home

Examples of sleepover in a Sentence

Our daughter is having a sleepover for her friends tomorrow.
Recent Examples on the Web Along with the sleepover contest, Marriott Bonvoy will also be offering exclusive NFL bucket list experiences to members on the Marriot Bonvoy Moments platform by using points to redeem. Chris Cason, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 The film ultimately became a sleeper hit, not to mention a future sleepover staple. Mara Reinstein, Vulture, 3 Sep. 2021 Covid-19 after one student hosted a sleepover with two other students from the same class, the CDC reported. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, 28 Aug. 2021 The outbreak came from one student who hosted a sleepover on May 21 with two classmates from the same grade. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 28 Aug. 2021 Nikki was raped on a sleepover at a friend's house. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, 7 Aug. 2021 Finally, at a sleepover with her three friends, Devi fesses up to starting the rumor. Abby Govindan, Vulture, 17 July 2021 What defines girlhood isn’t a sleepover or a kiss on cardboard paper, etchings over somebody’s face in a yearbook. Melissa Lozado-oliva, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 June 2021 The network will pop in on the father of BMX world champion Hannah Roberts, who has set up a giant screen in an outdoor park in Buchanan, Mich., and crash a sleepover for young gymnasts at Simone Biles' home gym in Texas. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021

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First Known Use of sleepover

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sleepover was in 1965

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19 Sep 2021

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“Sleepover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sleepover

: a party where one or more people (especially children) stay overnight at one person's house


sleep·​over | \ ˈslēp-ō-vər How to pronounce sleepover (audio) \

Kids Definition of sleepover

: an overnight stay at another's home

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