Use the word bedding when you're talking about sheets, pillowcases, blankets, or any other coverings for a bed. If you switch from a twin to a queen-sized bed, you'll need new bedding.

When a college student moves into a dorm room she brings her own bedding, and when your grandmother gets her guest room ready for a visitor, she might wash all the bedding. Bedding also means the straw, hay, or other materials that a farm animal sleeps on — or the shredded paper you use to line your gerbil's cage. It comes from the Old English word beddinge, "bed covering," from bedd, "bed" or "resting place."

Definitions of bedding

n coverings that are used on a bed

bed clothing, bedclothes
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bedding rolled up for carrying
bed cover, bed covering, bedcover, bedspread, counterpane, spread
decorative cover for a bed
blanket, cover
bedding that keeps a person warm in bed
mattress cover
bedclothes that provide a cover for a mattress
comfort, comforter, puff, quilt
bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over something
a blanket knitted or crocheted in strips or squares; sometimes used as a shawl
a decorative bedspread (usually quilted)
continental quilt, duvet, eiderdown
a soft quilt usually filled with the down of the eider
electric blanket
a blanket containing and electric heating element that can be controlled to the desired temperature by a rheostat
Mackinaw blanket, mackinaw
a thick plaid blanket formerly used in the northwestern United States
a blanket that is used as a cloak or shawl
patchwork, patchwork quilt
a quilt made by sewing patches of different materials together
quilted bedspread
a bedspread constructed like a thin quilt
security blanket
a blanket (or toy) that a child carries around in order to reduce anxiety
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cloth covering
a covering made of cloth

n material used to provide a bed for animals

bedding material, litter
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material, stuff
the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

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