noun Etymology: Middle English, alteration of coverlite, from Anglo-French coverlit, from covre (it) covers + lit bed, from Latin lectus — more at lie Date: 14th century bedspread

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  • Coverlet — Cov er*let (k?v ?r l?t), n. [F. couvre lit; couvrir to cover + lit bed, fr. L. lectus bed. See {Cover}.] The uppermost cover of a bed or of any piece of furniture. [1913 Webster] Lay her in lilies and in violets . . . And odored sheets and arras… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coverlet — c.1300, perhaps a dim. of COVER (Cf. cover) (n.), but early form coverlite suggests an unrecorded O.Fr. *covre lit, from covrir to cover + lit bed (see LITTER (Cf. litter)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • coverlet — ► NOUN ▪ a bedspread. ORIGIN from Old French covrir to cover + lit bed …   English terms dictionary

  • coverlet — [kuv′ər lit] n. [ME coverlite < Anglo Fr covre let < OFr covrir,COVER + lit, bed < L lectus: see LIE1] 1. a bed covering; bedspread 2. any covering …   English World dictionary

  • Coverlet — A coverlet (earlier coverlid) is a fabric covering, usually for a bed. Specifically, the term coverlet may refer to a: Woven coverlet, a bed covering used in the United States from the colonial period to the mid 19th century Quilt Type of altar… …   Wikipedia

  • coverlet — UK [ˈkʌvə(r)lət] / US [ˈkʌvərlət] noun [countable] Word forms coverlet : singular coverlet plural coverlets a cover that you put over the other covers on a bed …   English dictionary

  • coverlet — [[t]kʌ̱və(r)lɪt[/t]] coverlets N COUNT A coverlet is the same as a bedspread. [OLD FASHIONED] …   English dictionary

  • coverlet — noun a queen size flannel coverlet Syn: bedspread, bedcover, cover, throw, duvet, quilt, eiderdown, comforter; dated counterpane …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • coverlet — see everyone stretches his legs according to the length of his coverlet …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • coverlet — /kuv euhr lit/, n. 1. Also, coverlid /kuv euhr lid/. a bed quilt that does not cover the pillow, used chiefly for warmth; bedspread. 2. Archaic. any covering or cover. [1250 1300; ME coverlite < AF cuver lit bedspread, equiv. to cuver to COVER +… …   Universalium

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