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 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

Other Words from blanket

Noun

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While the beige shade may not be the most vibrant, the smiley face design on this cozy blanket makes up for it. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 2 Aug. 2022 On Monday, Abbott’s younger sister Aliah Abbott, 17, and fiancée Jenai Valero, 22, huddled together on a blanket at the corner where Abbott had collapsed from gunshots. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2022 Next to Spike Jonze’s star, an unhoused man sat on a blanket with a Starbucks iced tea. Antonia Hitchens, The New Yorker, 30 July 2022 Betsy laid down on a Red Cross blanket while Hadfield’s neighbors petted her. BostonGlobe.com, 27 July 2022 On a blanket beneath a neighboring oak tree, mellow skaters pass joints and laugh at the clouds. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 25 July 2022 To cool the baby, physicians have to place them on a cooling blanket away from their parents. Edward Chen, STAT, 18 July 2022 Meanwhile, Booker shares a black-and-white video of the two of them snuggled up with a dog on a blanket, with a simple orange heart Emoji as the caption. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 July 2022 The 35-year-old Canadian actress shared the exciting news with a sweet photo of her hand resting on a baby blanket next to her newborn's little feet. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 5 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Campaigns and outside groups continued to blanket the airwaves with ads this week, including in top Senate races and ahead of some upcoming primaries. Alexandra Marquez, NBC News, 17 June 2022 Coffee trees blanket the mountainsides around Puerto Rico’s Adjuntas, an inland municipality known for its cool climate, meandering rivers and rolling terrain. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 July 2022 Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings blanket the Plains, where the combination of record-challenging heat and tropical humidity will place dangerous amounts of strain on the human body for those who can’t escape the heat. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, 19 July 2022 Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings blanket the Plains, where the combination of record-challenging heat and tropical humidity will place dangerous amounts of strain on the human body for those who can’t escape the heat. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings blanket the Plains, where the combination of record-challenging heat and tropical humidity will place dangerous amounts of strain on the human body for those who can’t escape the heat. Matthew Cappucci, BostonGlobe.com, 19 July 2022 Black bears roam freely and a single snowfall can blanket the ground with three feet of powder. New York Times, 13 Mar. 2022 Heat advisories and excessive-heat warnings blanket the northern Plains, a prelude to even more intense heat pushing into the South and Southeast. Matthew Cappucci, BostonGlobe.com, 20 June 2022 Go for The Works ($329): a mud bath with facial mask, mineral whirlpool bath, geo-steam room, blanket wrap and 30-minute massage. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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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

1880, 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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7 Aug 2022

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“Blanket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blanket. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for blanket

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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