blanket

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noun

blan·​ket ˈblaŋ-kət How to pronounce blanket (audio)
1
a
: 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
blanketlike adjective

blanket

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verb

blanketed; blanketing; blankets

transitive verb

1
: to cover with or as if with a blanket
new grass blankets the slope
2
a
: 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

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adjective

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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Their blankets, representing status and magnanimity, illustrate the sisters’ strong bond. Fawnia Soo Hoo, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2024 Instead, a nurse joined them in a windowless room that was running low on blankets. Mosab Abu Toha, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2024 Covering outdoor plants with different materials, such as frost cloth, blankets, towels, cardboard boxes, liquid frost protection and Styrofoam cups on cactus. Staff Reports, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 Those with agendas wish to make the CROWN Act a blanket allowance of student expression. Char Adams, NBC News, 22 Feb. 2024 Navajo Ute First Phase blanket A man brought in a piece of history to Antiques Roadshow when the show stopped in Tucson, Ariz., in 2001. Madeline Boardman, EW.com, 22 Feb. 2024 During this time of year, calling still works exceptionally well, and if a fresh blanket of snow hits the ground, tracking and stalking in on a mature bull is possible. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, 22 Feb. 2024 This plush fleece throw blanket is the perfect cuddle companion that also looks chic on the couch when not in use. Taylor Gumm, Rolling Stone, 20 Feb. 2024 Amid this implacably expanding blanket of gray, the sun could still be seen. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024
Verb
Greater Cincinnati is officially a winter wonderland after up to 3 inches of snow blanketed the region Friday morning, with more flurries expected throughout the day. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024 Winter weather alerts span the Sierra Nevada as snow blankets the region. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 20 Feb. 2024 Unfortunately, for her, a snowstorm—a real one—blanketed New York’s Third Congressional District on Tuesday morning. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2024 Temu The formerly obscure shopping hub blanketed terrorized the American public with a gaggle of ads that bordered on global harassment. Rob Ledonne, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2024 February's full moon is commonly referred to as the Snow Moon, or the hunger moon, harking back to a time when heavy snowfall traditionally blanketed the northeast and food could be scarce. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Feb. 2024 In some places the purple will completely blanket over the red (effectively destroying your scent). Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 31 Jan. 2024 Alaska is on track to break snowfall records after Anchorage was blanketed with more than 100 inches − the earliest accumulation ever of that amount − collapsing roofs and closing schools. USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 His firm usually aligns ceiling lights along runs of cabinetry, Berman said, rather than installing a grid of recessed fixtures that blanket the room in light. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Jan. 2024
Adjective
Add in those warm layers with this pretty blanket scarf that can be wrapped in a bunch of different ways. Taylor Gumm, Rolling Stone, 22 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English blanket, blaunket "woolen cloth (usually undyed), bed covering," borrowed from Anglo-French blanchet, blaunchet, blanket "whitish, cosmetic powder made from white lead, white woolen material, bed covering" (also continental Old & Middle French blanchet, blanquet "white, white woolen fabric, sleeveless woman's garment"), from blanc "white" + -et, diminutive suffix (going back to Latin -ittus) — more at blank entry 1

Verb

derivative of blanket entry 1

Adjective

from attributive use of blanket entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Blanket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blanket. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

blanket

1 of 3 noun
blan·​ket ˈblaŋ-kət How to pronounce blanket (audio)
1
: a large warm usually rectangular covering used for beds
2
: a covering of any kind
a horse blanket
a blanket of snow

blanket

2 of 3 verb
: to cover with or as if with a blanket

blanket

3 of 3 adjective
: covering all instances or members of a group or class
blanket approval

Legal Definition

blanket

adjective
blan·​ket
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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