blanket

noun
blan·​ket | \ ˈblaŋ-kət \

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
2 : covering all members of a group or class a blanket wage increase

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Other Words from blanket

Noun

blanketlike \ ˈblaŋ-​kət-​ˌlīk \ 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

Linus Van Pelt: [Linus picks up his blanket and walks back towards Charlie Brown] That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. Katie Robinson, Town & Country, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," 8 Nov. 2018 String lights also decorated the house, as did draping, and blankets were available to keep guests warm. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Secrets from Behind-the-Scenes at Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Wedding," 29 Dec. 2018 Woven in Scotland with a wide solid stripe, Begg & Co.’s Voyage blanket is generously sized to provide in-flight warmth, yet light enough to work as a scarf upon arrival. Isaiah Freeman-schub, WSJ, "Senior Market Editor Isaiah Freeman-Schub’s Holiday Gift Guide: Man of the World," 12 Dec. 2018 For those who suffer from anxiety, weighted blankets can be a saving grace. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This Crazy Popular Weighted Blanket for Dogs Is Almost Sold Out on Amazon," 4 Dec. 2018 Leather, velvet, and linen pillows, a selection of blankets, and a roaring fire create a setting that instantly conjures the Danish concept of hygge. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 Not that the blankets would ever be thin on a Singapore Air flight. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's Longest Flight May Also Be the World's Longest Spa Treatment," 17 Aug. 2018 LiveScience reports that the blanket of goo is choking the estuary near Florida’s southeastern coast. James Rogers, Fox News, "Blue-green toxic algae invades Florida river," 15 Aug. 2018 Is the Mylar blanket from the Ivanka 2018 Complicit collection? Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "People Think Ivanka Trump's Dress Looks a Lot Like Immigrant Children's Blankets," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

From Chicago to Nashville, a broad swath of the middle of the country is gearing up for frigid temperatures as arctic air is expected to blanket the region this week. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Midwest Prepares for Subzero Polar Vortex," 28 Jan. 2019 Swift hopes eventually to blanket the continental United States with the Skylark stations. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Swift adds terrestrial base stations to improve GPS accuracy," 20 Mar. 2018 Both belong to a network of neighborhood settlement houses that are central to the current urban strategy of the city’s foundations — to concentrate resources into a handful of neighborhoods rather than attempt to blanket the entire city. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette President Mike Lovell championing new ideas to address core Milwaukee problem: trauma," 5 Mar. 2018 Trump made the announcement during an unrelated White House event on prison reform and as news coverage of the latest mass shooting in America blanketed the airwaves. Jeremy Diamond, CNN, "Trump nominates Robert Wilkie as VA secretary," 18 May 2018 Lamb, a Marine veteran and former federal prosecutor, has outraised Saccone by more than 3-to-1, blanketed television and crisscrossed the district more aggressively than the GOP nominee. Washington Post, "Things to Watch: Pennsylvania race offers November preview," 13 Mar. 2018 Smoke from fires in six Western U.S. states and Canada’s British Columbia has blanketed the Pacific Northwest in clouds of choking smog. Jim Carlton And Nour Malas, WSJ, "How Air in the Pacific Northwest Became Dirtier Than Beijing’s," 29 Aug. 2018 The Seattle area has been blanketed at times in recent weeks by the smoke from wildfires That included a particularly bad stretch that limited visibility and had public agencies asking people to stay indoors. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s smoke is clearing. Now it’s up to rain and wind to finish the job," 27 Aug. 2018 The airport was blanketed in ash and closed for 21 hours between June 3 and 4. New York Times, "Visiting Guatemala After a Deadly Eruption," 13 June 2018

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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

1886, 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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The first known use of blanket was in the 14th century

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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 \

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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