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
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 How to pronounce blanketlike (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

Protect your plants from the occasional chilly day by keeping a few frost blankets on hand, Lowe's experts suggested. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for Spring," 25 Feb. 2019 Don’t forget the ambiance, either: Tory Burch’s elegant glass goblets and a Missoni throw blanket that zigs and zags in the brand’s famous knit make ideal complements. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go: The Best Looks to Wear at Home," 25 Feb. 2019 She was concealed under a blanket as the car departed. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Richard Knowlton Saved Maker of Spam From the Meat Grinder," 22 Feb. 2019 Her bubbly 1-year-old twins, Addie and Amelia, are finishing their bottles and crawling on a blanket behind her. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "This Nurse Helps New Moms When They're Most Vulnerable," 8 Jan. 2019 And before that, she was spotted wearing an oversized coat that could have easily doubled as a blanket. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Wore a Cream-Colored Cowl Neck Sweater," 1 Jan. 2019 There was a catch, though; Jenner’s stomach was covered by a blanket. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Kylie Jenner returned as online queen in 2018 after disappearing for nearly a year," 21 Dec. 2018 Or put a blanket or towel between your skin and the ground; natural fibers such as cotton and wool do not interfere with grounding. Carrie Dennett, chicagotribune.com, "Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? Some science suggests it can.," 11 July 2018 Mikula held a blanket over his face during the hearing, but scarring and bruises were still visible on his face and forearms. Jerome Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "East Boston man ordered held on $200,000 bail on explosive charges after apartment blast," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fox News prime time is blanketed with reports about Clinton investigations. NBC News, "2018 Campaign: Republicans are running against Hillary Clinton (Again.)," 1 Apr. 2018 The area has been blanketed with police checkpoints and security cameras that apparently are doing more than just recording what happens. Dake Kang, The Seattle Times, "Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state," 20 Feb. 2019 Like traveling the wine lands of France, coffee plants blanket the hills and mountains of Costa Rica’s rugged landscape. Lauren Mowery, USA TODAY, "Costa Rican coffee, from rural farms to Starbucks' visitor center," 26 June 2018 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

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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 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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