bedding

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
  1. noun
    coverings that are used on a bed
    synonyms: bed clothing, bedclothes
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    bedroll
    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
    throw
    bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over something
    afghan
    a blanket knitted or crocheted in strips or squares; sometimes used as a shawl
    coverlet
    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
    manta
    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
  2. noun
    material used to provide a bed for animals
    synonyms: 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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