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.

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Together, the two of them watch movies and have sleepovers in Dawson’s room, which was essentially a second home for Joey. Ilana Kaplan, Curbed, "Why we’re obsessed with the TV teen bedroom," 14 Aug. 2019 Related: There is also strong sleepover energy to the soccer girl look. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "How “soccer girl” became the indisputably coolest look," 14 June 2019 From having matching moments on the red carpet to talking all night long at sleepovers, the Stark sisters have certainly kept their sibling bond going even when the cameras stopped rolling. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Maisie Williams Jokes About "Game of Thrones" and Friendship With Sophie Turner," 7 Apr. 2019 Even if your squad is going away for the whole weekend, making time for a massive co-ed sleepover is a necessity. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "7 Super Fun Things You Need on Your Prom Checklist For the Best Night Ever," 24 Dec. 2018 Though this was the first Hope to Dream sleepover with the Miami Dolphins, Ashley HomeStore has donated 50,000 new beds and bedding to children in need since 2010 with the Hope to Dream program. Emily Bloch,, "Miami Dolphins and Ashley HomeStore surprise local children with new beds," 28 June 2018 Single rooms or doubles (for those who still want to have all-night sleepovers with friends). Tanika Davis,, "If parents went to summer camp," 27 June 2018 Once upon a time there was something noble about skipping a grade school sleepover, a friend’s birthday party or a senior trip to Cabo. Meryl Davis, SELF, "Meryl Davis: Finding New Purpose After Life as an Olympian," 30 May 2018 Although their arrival at the Alamo is documented by a videographer, a certain amount of secrecy surrounds the rings’ ensuing sleepover. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "UTSA tradition puts class rings in Alamo overnight," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of sleepover

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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