sleep·​over | \ ˈslēp-ō-vər \

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

The trip there included an overnight ride on the royal train, which means the duo will be having a royal sleepover. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle’s Relationship With the Queen: Everything You Need to Know," 27 June 2018 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 The show follows a group of friends who decide to play the classic sleepover levitation game, light as a feather. Sarah Grace Hart, Teen Vogue, "Hulu's New Show "Light as a Feather" Is "Pretty Little Liars" Meets "The Craft"," 15 Oct. 2018 As parents picked up their kids following an all-night event — a sleepover in which barely anyone had slept — the dog kept trying to nose her way into every car door that opened. Scott Fowler, charlotteobserver, "A lost German shepherd puppy shows up at church, looking for her home | Charlotte Observer," 17 Apr. 2018 Before the annual festivities got underway, Behati Prinsloo, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, and Martha Hunt headed to New York establishment the Plaza Hotel for a raucous sleepover. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "The Victoria’s Secret Angels Took Over the Plaza Hotel for an Epic Pre-Show Sleepover," 21 Nov. 2018 Many kids get free reign of the basement for sleepovers. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Architect’s tiny studio doubles as a hangout for his daughter," 20 July 2018 Julie and Matthew Edwards and their three children — Jacob, 6, Brinley, 4, Paxton, 3 — were found fatally shot Monday in their Prices Corner home by a little boy who’d been dropped off for a sleepover. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Murder Victim Pleaded with Husband to Get Therapy Before He Killed Her and Their 3 Kids," 12 July 2018 Along with family vacations and sleepovers, summer vacation also brings with it a flurry of terrifying reports of kids drowning. Salil Pradhan, Md, USA TODAY, "Ask a Doc: What's the difference between dry drowning and secondary drowning?," 1 June 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 \

Kids Definition of sleepover

: an overnight stay at another's home

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