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


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



Definition of blanket (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from blanket


blanketlike \ ˈblaŋ-​kət-​ˌlīk How to pronounce blanket (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 Those attending should bring lawn chairs or a blanket and are asked to observe social distancing between groups and the wearing of masks for those not yet vaccinated., 9 July 2021 All patrons are required to wear masks, and the theater suggests bringing a lawn chair or picnic blanket for DIY seating. Washington Post, 8 July 2021 Bring a chair and a blanket and get ready for a fun evening. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 8 July 2021 Matthews shared pictures of her daughter looking cute and festive in a red and white striped peplum swimsuit with a blue headband, while lying on a red blanket, surrounded by red, white and blue stars. Georgia Slater,, 6 July 2021 Then spread a blanket, play some board games, watch the sun set and wait for the show. Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 Grab a chair or a blanket and head to Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia for the 22-minute Fourth of July fireworks display. John Coffren,, 1 July 2021 Someone came over and draped a Navajo blanket around her, which happened to perfectly match her Jimmy Choos, enveloping her like a sleeping bag. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, 29 June 2021 Before coming out to a Summit performance, consider grabbing some sunscreen or bug spray, a chair or a blanket, and maybe even a picnic basket and bottle of wine, Magoon said. Rachel Ryan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the BAYarts Summer concert at 7 p.m. July 19 on the BAYarts campus, 28795 Lake Road, Bay Village. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 12 July 2021 Just how much these endorsements translate into votes remains to be seen, but deep pocketed unions can donate money that can help candidates blanket the airwaves to get their message out. Lisa Donovan,, 25 June 2021 Red flag warnings for high fire danger blanket much of the western U.S., 15 June 2021 Enormous pebbles, rolled down streams from the Blue Mountains, blanket many of the vineyards in the AVA, à la the Southern Rhône. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 7 June 2021 Yoga, story time in the woods: Bring a yoga mat or blanket and celebrate the Summer Solstice with a kid‑friendly yoga story and practice from 10:30 to 11 a.m. June 21 at the Every Child’s Playground, 36265 Detroit Road (weather permitting). cleveland, 6 June 2021 Sidewalk will blanket urban and suburban America with a low-bandwidth wireless network that can stretch half a mile and reach places and things that were once too hard or too expensive to connect. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 Dangerously hot conditions are expected to blanket Northern California this week, prompting meteorologists to issue heat wave warnings for Wednesday and Thursday. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 June 2021 Brenda Equihua has given the swap meet blanket new life. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of blanket


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


1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blanket


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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14 Jul 2021

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“Blanket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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



English Language Learners Definition of blanket (Entry 2 of 3)

: to cover (something)



English Language Learners Definition of blanket (Entry 3 of 3)

: affecting or applying to everyone or everything


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


blanketed; blanketing

Kids Definition of blanket (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover with or as if with a blanket Snow blanketed the ground.



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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