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 Wrapped in a red blanket and matching skull cap, Zanis greeted them from a wheelchair in the front door. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Greg Zanis, known the nation over as 'The Cross Man,' dies at 69," 4 May 2020 Alex stared at his daughter, asleep in a pink blanket. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, "Birth in the time of coronavirus," 17 Apr. 2020 What if a pregnant bug had sheltered itself in a blanket that, in the dryer, had failed to reach the appropriately lethal hundred and twenty degrees? Elizabeth Barber, The New Yorker, "Keeping Calm in Guilderland, New York, in the Time of the Coronavirus," 31 Mar. 2020 According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal’s decision is not a blanket policy for its entire 2020 schedule. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Universal Pictures is releasing its current movies online because of coronavirus," 16 Mar. 2020 There’s a time and place for a day of burritoing up in a blanket and streaming TV, but sometimes (and often), those aren’t the makings of a good mental health day. Anna Borges, SELF, "9 Smart Tips for Taking a Mental Health Day," 18 Feb. 2020 One survivor, Star Nayea, wrote that, as a newborn, she was wrapped in a blanket and placed in a boot box with ventilation holes, put on a prop plane, and flown to the U.S. to be adopted by a white family that later abused her. Annie Hylton, Longreads, "Searching For Mackie," 12 Feb. 2020 The volcano erupted in 79 A.D., shrouding Herculaneum, Pompeii, and other nearby towns in a blanket of boiling gas and ash. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Damn, Look What Vesuvius Did to This Poor Guy's Brain," 24 Jan. 2020 Papa died four days later, on March 22, in his favorite chair, with his Texas Rangers blanket on his legs. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, "A painfully long farewell to Papa," 23 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Much has been made of how China’s amount of pollution has fallen during lockdown, similar to the impact during a no-fly time in 2010, when a volcano in Iceland blanketed Europe with ash. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Earth Is Literally Moving Less Now That We're All on Lockdown," 1 Apr. 2020 In Snowfall in the Suburbs (1940), Bush’s back garden is blanketed by snow, with brick walls and paling fences, sheds and trees and frozen stumps of brussels sprouts, standing out in the whiteness. Jenny Uglow, The New York Review of Books, "Garden of Painterly Delights," 16 Mar. 2020 Early in the second quarter, Curry strode toward the key and, with two defenders blanketing him, hesitated, drew contact and lofted in the long floater. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Stephen Curry gives fans a reason to cheer in Warriors’ loss to Raptors," 5 Mar. 2020 Satisfy your cheese enchilada craving with the Enchiladas Americanas, filled with cheddar cheese and blanketed with proper chili gravy. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: New Marla Restaurant shines tiny light on vegan, Tex-Mex, Mexican food classics on San Antonio’s West Side," 20 Feb. 2020 The senators Amy Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren have been in Washington, for the end of the impeachment trial, and so, even as the press corps blanketed New Hampshire, the candidates were scarcely to be found. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "Money Talks in the Democratic Race," 8 Feb. 2020 Trump has spent the past few weeks attacking Bloomberg repeatedly on Twitter as Bloomberg ads blanket the airwaves. NBC News, "Trump attacks Bloomberg's height hours before their dueling Super Bowl ads," 2 Feb. 2020 Snow levels on Friday were hovering above 6,000 feet as unseasonably warm temperatures blanketed much of Oregon. oregonlive, "Spring-like temps Friday, snow by Sunday? Portland’s weird weather explained," 31 Jan. 2020 Burning of fields is cited as the main reason for smog outside of Bangkok, with provinces in the central and northern regions of Thailand also blanketed in haze. Washington Post, "Unhealthy levels of smog choke Thai capital for over a week," 20 Jan. 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

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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Time Traveler for blanket

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blanket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blanket. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for blanket

blanket

noun
How to pronounce blanket (audio)

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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