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.

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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 The bodies were discovered Monday night by a young boy who came for a sleepover at the residence in Prices Corner, west of Wilmington, a neighbor told TV broadcaster CBS Philly. Washington Post, "Milwaukee settles lawsuit over stop-and-frisk," 11 July 2018 So far, Becca has been an effortless Bachelorette, swanning through the mansion like the host of a killer middle school sleepover. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 4 Recap: Two Rose Ceremonies, One Clown," 19 June 2018 There would be no more swordfights in the woods, no more hulking protector flanking me in the hallway, no more sleepovers when his dad drank too much. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award finalist: "Lost Causes" by Dana Berube," 2 June 2018 When 11-year-old Christopher Hughes did not return from a sleepover in time for church one Sunday morning, his father went to a hilltop home to pick him up. Laura J. Nelson,, "Brown will consider new DNA testing in Chino Hills murder case," 5 July 2018 Almost 30 years after his Hall of Fame induction, Bench did not envision this life, solo parent trying to get his kids to expand their tastes beyond chicken fingers, limiting screen time and coordinating sleepovers. Jon Wertheim,, "Johnny Bench Is Already a Hall-of-Famer, But He's Looking For a New Distinction," 5 July 2018 The suspect allegedly brought a knife to a sleepover, according to police, and, once everyone was asleep, targeted Jovanni Sierra, who turned 13 years old that day. Chris Harris,, "'There's A Killer Out There': Police Release Chilling 911 Call of Sleepover Stabbing of Fla. Boy," 19 Mar. 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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