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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bedtimenoun

    the time you go to bed


  1. bedtimenoun

    The time or hour at which one typically retires to bed in order to sleep.

    I'd love to stay and chat longer, but it's past my bedtime and I need some rest.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bedtimenoun

    The hour of rest; sleeping time.

    Etymology: from bed and time.

    What masks, what dances shall we have,
    To wear away this long age of three hours,
    Between our after-supper and bedtime? William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    After evening repasts, till bedtime, their thoughts will be best taken up in the easy grounds of religion. John Milton, on Education.

    The scouring drunkard, if he does not fight
    Before his bedtime, takes no rest that night. John Dryden, Juv.


  1. Bedtime

    Bedtime (also called putting to bed or tucking in) is a ritual part of parenting to help children feel more secure and become accustomed to a more rigid schedule of sleep than they might prefer. The ritual of bedtime is aimed at facilitating the transition from wakefulness to sleep. It may involve bedtime stories, children's songs, nursery rhymes, bed-making and getting children to change into nightwear. In some religious households, prayers are said shortly before going to bed. Sleep training may be part of the bedtime ritual for babies and toddlers. In adult use, the term means simply "time for bed", similar to curfew, as in "It's past my bedtime". Some people are accustomed to drinking a nightcap or herbal tea at bedtime. Sleeping coaches are also used to help individuals reach their bedtime goals. Researchers studying sleep are finding patterns revealing that cell phone use at night disturbs going to sleep at one’s bedtime and achieving a good night’s sleep.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bedtimenoun

    the time to go to bed


  1. Bedtime

    Bedtime involves rituals made to help children feel more secure, and become accustomed toward a comparatively more rigid sleep schedule than they would otherwise establish. Such rituals may be involved to a greater or lesser extent. Bedtime for children may become a positive ritual including: ⁕Bathing and Oral hygiene ⁕Bedtime story ⁕Songs, nursery rhymes or a lullaby ⁕Getting dressed in pajamas ⁕Talking about the day, and plans for tomorrow In some families, bedtime is an important bonding period for parents and children. The routines of bedtime can be an opportunity to spend quality time with a child, discussing emotional concepts such as views of daytime experiences, expressing interests as plans for the next day, and learning, for example with a book. It plays a key part in many parenting styles.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bedtime in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bedtime in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of bedtime in a Sentence

  1. Claude Marcus:

    This late bedtime was one factor that really stood out. It was associated with increased weight, however, what we can see is [ only ] an association. If you put your kids to bed earlier, would it change anything ? That's something we don't know.

  2. Joshua Tal:

    It can be a good wind-down, pre-bedtime activity.

  3. Esra Tasali:

    It was very personalized, focused on trying to review people's lifestyles, their work-related limitations, their family members, their pets, children and bedtime routines, then we talked to them about improving their sleep hygiene, such as putting away electronics before bed.

  4. Bei Bei:

    The key to help adolescents get better sleep is to help them get sufficient sleep during school days, so with the constraint of early school start time, what adolescents could do is set reasonably early bedtime, and avoid staying up late.

  5. Neha Joshi:

    I limit travel and skip local events for my kids. I try to consolidate work trips into being gone as little as possible, and often am on the first flight out, then back by bedtime.

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