from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bed with curtains which hang from a central point overhead, so as to form a covering resembling a tent.


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  • What was worse, the Captain might repose under the tester of his tent-bed until noon, if he was so pleased; but the Ensign, God help him, had to appear upon parade at peep of day.

    The Monastery 2008

  • Lord Down met Lord and Lady Coventry at Calais, and offered to send her ladyship a tent-bed, for fear of bugs at the inn.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844 Various

  • Apparently the expulsion had not taken place without some application of the strong hand, for one of the bedposts of a sort of tent-bed was broken down, so that the tester and curtains hung forward into the middle of the narrow chamber, like the banner of a chieftain, half sinking amid the confusion of a combat.

    Chapter XLIV 1917

  • The two tired-out camels had been abandoned at the beginning of the day, and we had thrown away a stove, a carpet, my tent-bed, and two empty water cisterns.

    From Pole to Pole A Book for Young People Sven Anders Hedin 1908

  • Close to the small tent-bed stood an old-fashioned rosewood davenport, a relic of Margaret Pargeter's childhood and girlhood, brought from her distant English home.

    The Uttermost Farthing Marie Belloc Lowndes 1907

  • Keith adds: "I accompanied him to look at the accommodation on board the 'Northumberland,' with which he appeared to be well satisfied, saying, 'the apartments are convenient, and you see I carry my little tent-bed with me.'"

    The Life of Napoleon I (Volume 2 of 2) John Holland Rose 1898

  • There were three small rooms – a kitchen, a parlour so called, with a concealed bed which made it fit for the combined purposes of a sleeping and living room, and the bedroom proper into which she was immediately conducted, and which was furnished with a tent-bed, hung with large-patterned chintz, each flower about the size of a warming-pan, and with a clean knitted white quilt which was the pride of Jean Macgregor's heart.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago Margaret 1891

  • Then they drew up the canvas curtains of their tent-bed as they called it, leaving Mr Rogers and Peter to keep up the fire, and to call them in four hours 'time, the boys having begged that they might keep one of the watches together.

    Off to the Wilds Being the Adventures of Two Brothers George Manville Fenn 1870

  • The next thing I would see was a small tent-bed, with the whitest of curtains, and enchanting fringes of white ball-tassels.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald 1864

  • No, she could bear no more -- overwrought, and ill in mind and body, Bryda lay down in her tent-bed in the upper chamber of Bishop's Farm; and Mrs

    Bristol Bells A Story of the Eighteenth Century Emma Marshall 1864


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