blanket

noun
blan·​ket | \ ˈblaŋ-kət How to pronounce blanket (audio) \

Definition of blanket

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a large usually oblong piece of woven fabric used as a bed covering
b : a similar piece of fabric used as a body covering (as for an animal) a horse blanket
2 : something that resembles a blanket a blanket of fog a blanket of gloom
3 : a rubber or plastic sheet on the cylinder in an offset press that transfers the image to the surface being printed

blanket

verb
blanketed; blanketing; blankets

Definition of blanket (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with or as if with a blanket new grass blankets the slope
2a : to cover so as to obscure, interrupt, suppress, or extinguish blanket a fire with foam
b : to interrupt the smooth flow of wind to (something, such as a downwind ship)
c : to apply or cause to apply to uniformly despite wide separation or diversity among the elements included freight rates that blanket a region
d : to cause to be included automatically blanketed into the program towns blanketed into the district

blanket

adjective

Definition of blanket (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : effective or applicable in all instances or contingencies blanket rules Traveller rights across the European Union remain unchanged despite the blanket cancellation of flights and holidays in recent weeks …— Conor Pope A blanket ban on all private collecting of ivory could result in the confiscation and destruction of many historically important pieces of work.— Kit Roberts Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, chair of African American Studies at Temple University, … remarked: "I do not think that anyone should make any blanket statements about any ethnic or cultural group without citing authoritative sources to substantiate those statements."— Peter Noel
2 : covering all members of a group or class without individual apportionment blanket insurance coverage … calling for a five per cent blanket wage reduction for all city hall staffers …— Melissa Gilligan

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Other Words from blanket

Noun

blanketlike \ ˈblaŋ-​kət-​ˌlīk How to pronounce blanket (audio) \ adjective

Examples of blanket in a Sentence

Noun It's going to get cold tonight so you may need extra blankets. a blanket of fog concealed the view of the harbor Verb Ice was blanketing the bay. The fields were blanketed with flowers. Adjective a blanket amnesty for all illegal aliens a blanket ban on use of the chemical
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Guests are invited to bring non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, and a blanket to sit on in the park to listen to the reading. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 30 Apr. 2021 Watching at home on television, every mumble — or in the case of Colorado’s Lauren Boebert, the unfurling of a silver blanket meant to troll Democrats about the children laying under them in refugee camps along the U.S.-Mexican border — was audible. Philip Elliott, Time, "Biden Reaches the Summit of American Power in a Way Never Imagined," 29 Apr. 2021 And on a stunning spring day in Boston, perhaps after taking a stroll through the Boston Public Garden, venture across the street to the Boston Common, lay down a blanket, and have a picnic with some friends. BostonGlobe.com, "Normal-ish life is making its long-awaited return to Boston. Here are a dozen things to look forward to this spring," 28 Apr. 2021 Booker opted for an orange heart emoji over a photo of them napping with a dog on a blanket in a grassy area. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "Kendall Jenner and Devin Booker: Everything you need to know about their relationship," 28 Apr. 2021 Bindi Irwin's 4-week-old daughter looks perfectly at home in a sweet video shared to Instagram by her mama on Monday, showing two small tortoises crawling around on a blanket above her head. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Bindi Irwin Shares Cute Video of Her Baby Girl Hanging with Tortoises: 'Little Wildlife Warrior'," 27 Apr. 2021 The sister warriors ceremoniously wrapped Biden in a Pendelton blanket to keep her warm. Washington Post, "Jill Biden went to Navajo Nation to show the White House is listening to native voices," 27 Apr. 2021 Prosecutor Aaron Negangard says some of the bullets fired passed through a blanket before striking Ray. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Answers to cowboy's mysterious death lay inside toolbox found on ex-wife's property," 24 Apr. 2021 Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere warm the planet by acting like a blanket, trapping the sun’s heat. New York Times, "Halting the Vast Release of Methane Is Critical for Climate, U.N. Says," 24 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Here are the 10 best players still available entering Day 3 of the NFL draft: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU: One of the best coverage linebackers in this class, the North Dakota State transfer can blanket tight ends out of the gate. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft's best available players entering Day 3: Talented options still waiting," 1 May 2021 Among the tips from REGI: Wear eye protection, a jacket and thick gloves. Grab the beak first, cover the entire bird with a large towel, jacket or blanket to keep the wings together and prevent injury to the bird or handler. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'A major loon emergency': Dozens of loons fell from the sky in Wisconsin due to icy conditions, and some may still be stuck on the ground," 28 Apr. 2021 After 17 years in waiting, billions of periodical cicadas are set to emerge from the ground en masse next month and blanket a large portion of the eastern United States. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Billions of Cicadas Are Coming—Here’s Their Deal," 1 Apr. 2021 Sometime this spring, billions of cicadas that have been underground since 2004 will emerge en masse and blanket parts of the Eastern United States with their song and, eventually, their carcasses. Washington Post, "When do the cicadas come out in 2021?," 1 Apr. 2021 The palo verde — Arizona’s state tree — burst with yellow flowers in April, which then blanket the ground with a lemony snow. Cameron Walker, New York Times, "Greet Spring With a Visit to a Public Garden," 20 Mar. 2021 The winter storm that is expected to eventually blanket Northeast Ohio with snow on Christmas Eve, is beginning now, a little less than two hours behind original predictions. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, "White Christmas Eve arriving a little later than originally expected - as in now," 24 Dec. 2020 New York City restaurants, thousands of which have permanently shuttered because of the coronavirus, are now feeling the chill from a massive winter storm expected to blanket much of the Northeast with snow starting Wednesday. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Virus-weary NYC restaurants face a new enemy: Snow," 15 Dec. 2020 It is programmed into 25 macro cells that blanket the park. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Ellen Reid Soundwalk’ Review: Scoring Central Park," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of blanket

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blanket

Noun

Middle English, white woolen cloth, bed covering, from Anglo-French blankete, from blanc white — more at blank

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Time Traveler for blanket

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The first known use of blanket was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

3 May 2021

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“Blanket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blanket. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for blanket

blanket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blanket

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a covering made of cloth that is used especially on a bed to keep you warm
: a mass of something that covers an area
: a general mood

blanket

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blanket (Entry 2 of 3)

: to cover (something)

blanket

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of blanket (Entry 3 of 3)

: affecting or applying to everyone or everything

blanket

noun
blan·​ket | \ ˈblaŋ-kət How to pronounce blanket (audio) \

Kids Definition of blanket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a heavy woven covering used especially for beds
2 : a covering layer a blanket of snow

blanket

verb
blanketed; blanketing

Kids Definition of blanket (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover with or as if with a blanket Snow blanketed the ground.

blanket

adjective
blan·​ket

Legal Definition of blanket

1 : covering or affecting all members of a group or class blanket health coverage
2 : covering or affecting all situations a blanket release of liability

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