Definition of coverlet in US English:

coverlet

noun

  • A bedspread, typically less than floor-length.

    • ‘In colonial America, quilted coverlets were imported from Europe.’
    • ‘Looking back she saw Gaelic's blue eyes glowing a sheen of green from amongst the mounds of blankets and coverlets.’
    • ‘The prince threw back the heavy coverlets with some difficultly and began hunting through his closet.’
    • ‘My bed is perfect, complete with smotheringly huge pillows and a wolf coverlet.’
    • ‘There was a slight movement and a pale hand moved on the coverlet.’
    • ‘Robert set aside the plush coverlet, moving again to help her fold the blankets.’
    • ‘She layered on a few more coverlets, hoping to sweat out the fever.’
    • ‘A couple of fancy shirts, several pair of dress trousers, and other garments were neatly spread out on the eiderdown coverlet.’
    • ‘So I snuggled down under the coverlet without shame or regret.’
    • ‘The coverlet was thrown back on the bed, and lying on it, was his wife.’
    • ‘All hospitals have got sheets and coverlets.’
    • ‘Some of the furniture used by the couple, complete with cushions, mattresses and coverlets, is on display.’
    • ‘He rested her head on her pillow and pulled her butterfly coverlet over her.’
    • ‘This section of the exhibition includes ornately decorated painted furniture, pottery, woven coverlets and quilts.’
    • ‘The impact of color in your bedroom should reflect the overall design concept of your duvet covers, sheets, coverlets, and rugs.’
    • ‘She had taken the top coverlet and simply thrown it into the big trashcan, the mouse wrapped tightly within it.’
    • ‘Before getting up she pulled the thin coverlet, on the bottom of many layers of bedding, to throw it over her shoulders.’
    • ‘Cream silk sheets, blue coverlets and indigo sham had been turned down by some conscientious soul.’
    • ‘If you enjoy quilting, don't settle for a simple coverlet for the guest room.’
    • ‘Wash it and dry it so that later washings, once the quilt is finished and used, won't shrink your coverlet out of shape.’
    bedspread, bedcover, cover, throw, afghan
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Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French covrelet, from Old French covrir ‘to cover’ + lit ‘bed’.

Pronunciation

coverlet

/ˈkəvərlət//ˈkəvərlət/