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

There's nothing kids love more than building a fort, but while a fort constructed out of carefully strung-up sheets and blankets will always be a classic, there's a new kind of fort in town: The garden fort. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Your Kids Can Now Grow Their Own Secret Garden Fort," 10 May 2019 As thousands of Muslim worshippers lined up in the street to hold prayers, Christians among the protesters held blankets over them to shade them from the sun in a show of solidarity. Maggie Michael, The Seattle Times, "Sudan army removes leader, rejects al-Bashir extradition," 13 Apr. 2019 The drawing was a recreation of this nude photo of Demi, partially covered by a blanket. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "5 Times Demi Lovato's Epic Clap-Backs Left Us SHAKING," 29 Mar. 2019 Hundreds of strangers guide the way Itzep-Lopez arrived to the 1,596-bed Eloy Detention center on June 6, after spending 11 days eating soup and sleeping on a cold floor with only a Mylar blanket. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "Strangers raise $43K to help migrant mothers reunite with separated children," 9 July 2018 Fireworks will start at approximately 9:15 p.m. Stadium seating will not be available on the fourth so viewers are advised to bring a blanket. Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "Fireworks on July Fourth: Where to watch them in and near Philadelphia," 27 June 2018 Otherwise, bring a blanket to sit on (or wrap up in). April Orcutt, latimes.com, "Calendar for July 6-8: Pageant of the Masters, outdoor 'Last Jedi' and 'Wonder Woman' screenings, more," 24 June 2018 Feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the fireworks show later in the night. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "23 places to watch Fourth of July fireworks in metro Phoenix," 18 June 2018 Bring a blanket and enjoy the sunset around a campfire with live music. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Getting started may be still more difficult today, thanks to a dollop of snow drops, which are blanketing the Pharmalot campus. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Can Takeda afford to buy Shire? Alkermes depression drug hits an FDA roadblock," 2 Apr. 2018 Trump had been up since dawn, keeping an eye on cable-television programs and venting to friends and aides as snow blanketed the executive residence. Robert Costa, Washington Post, "Inside Trump’s snow day: A flurry of doubts over spending bill, then a truce," 21 Mar. 2018 Dozens of flowers blanketed the court and surrounded McConnell, who kneeled alongside the couple’s new dog. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "How the 76ers' T.J. McConnell Morphed from Undrafted to Invaluable," 5 Mar. 2018 Set in the fall, filming had barely begun in October 2016 when snow blanketed Moscow and stayed. Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, "A Russian Master of the ‘Dark Side’ in Film," 23 Feb. 2018 Fog is blanketing much of the northern Willamette Valley, Washington County, Clark County and Oregon City and Clackamas. Rosemarie Stein | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Portland metro Monday weather: Dense fog advisory for south of Portland, rain for most of the week," 8 Jan. 2018 The battle began Monday as White House aides and allies blanketed television news broadcasts to trumpet the findings and claim that Trump has been the victim in a probe that never should have started. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Mueller finds no Trump collusion, leaves obstruction open," 25 Mar. 2019 Rain is in the forecast, which could bring some relief from the poor air quality that’s blanketed parts of the state. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Scientists fly through plumes of wildfire smoke to unravel its mysteries," 21 Nov. 2018 Firefighters are steadily beating back several massive autumn blazes in California, as smoke originating from the wildfires is now blanketing the state’s southern coast and wafting east. Umair Irfan, Vox, "California’s wildfires are hardly “natural” — humans made them worse at every step," 12 Nov. 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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