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

Thankfully Talbot was there to save the day, offering his friend his grandmother’s houndstooth jacket off his back, which Fails ended up wearing as a blanket after attempting to squeeze his arms into the small coat. Washington Post, "The newcomers behind ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’," 13 June 2019 Her small living room was full of keepsakes from El Salvador—family photos, a hammock from her home town, a colorful blanket over the couch—and the everyday objects of her American life, now nearly three decades in. Jenna Krajeski, The New Yorker, "A Victim of Terrorism Faces Deportation for Helping Terrorists," 11 June 2019 Bring a chair or a blanket to enjoy the outdoor venue. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Laurel student Claire Fedor builds bridges to her future: Valley Views," 7 June 2019 Bringing along a familiar blanket or towel with the pet’s or the owner’s scent can help the animal feel relaxed in a strange place. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "Pet Talk: Tips for safe travel with pets," 6 June 2019 Visitors are welcome to bring a blanket or a lawn chair. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 6 June 2019 Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair, and don’t forget the bug spray. Jen Banowetz, Naperville Sun, "Naper Nights lineup celebrates Naperville Heritage Society's 50th anniversary," 5 June 2019 There was a pillow and a blanket waiting for me at my seat. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "What It's Really Like To Fly Business Class With Emirates," 21 May 2019 The contents of her carry-on include the requisite travel documents, her passport (which is encased in a Smythson passport holder), a Chopard ballpoint pen, a D.Porthault boudoir pillow, and an oversized pashmina which also serves as a blanket. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Images taken at one of the incidents show flames blanketing the ship’s hull while clouds of black smoke billow into the clear sky. John Walcott, Time, "Oil Tanker Attacks Put Trump's Iran Red Line to the Test," 14 June 2019 The fine powder coated their skin, blanketed streets and infiltrated air systems in buildings that were blocks away from the pile. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Jon Stewart's 9/11 testimony hits home for Hoosiers who responded to New York attacks," 12 June 2019 The visibility at the time of Monday’s crash was about 1¼ miles at nearby Central Park, with low clouds blanketing the skyline. Karen Matthews, BostonGlobe.com, "Pilot killed in crash wasn’t certified to fly in bad weather," 11 June 2019 The visibility at the time of Monday’s crash was about 1¼ miles (2 kilometers) at nearby Central Park, with low clouds blanketing the skyline. Washington Post, "Official: Pilot who crashed helicopter radioed he was lost," 11 June 2019 The visibility at the time of Monday's crash was about 1 1/4 miles at nearby Central Park, with low clouds blanketing the skyline. CBS News, "Pilot killed in New York helicopter crash wasn't certified to fly in bad weather," 11 June 2019 Intrigued by the spectacular sight, walking stick-wielding locals and their canine companions ventured closer, leaving a trail of footprints in the wet ash blanketing the ground. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Rock Art and Footprints Reveal How Ancient Humans Responded to Volcanic Eruption," 4 June 2019 Photos shared on social media showed a layer of ice and snow blanketing the grounds of parts of the island as the Bureau of Meteorology issued weather warnings throughout its eastern coast. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "'Wild,' 'woolly' and 'rare': Parts of Australia blanketed with snow," 4 June 2019 Forty years after developers started blanketing the Sunbelt with housing developments built around golf, many courses are closing amid a decline in golf participation, leaving homeowners to grapple with the consequences. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Golf-Home Owners Find Themselves in a Hole," 10 Jan. 2019

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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

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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