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 is nothing better than cozying up in fluffy blankets with mounds of pillows around you on a cold winter's day. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Research Says This is Actually the Worst Month For Your Sleep Cycle," 28 Feb. 2019 There’s a reason your Instagram feed has been flooded with models, actors, and singers (namely Kendall Jenner and Lady Gaga) wrapped in metallic blankets and bathed in neon lights. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "What’s the Best Way to Cleanse? A Guide to Detoxing in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 In one clip, the boys are sitting, some wrapped in space blankets, as Lt. New York Times, "8 Saved, 5 to Go in Thai Cave Rescue," 9 July 2018 The daughter, who has been dead since November, was found covered in blankets, according to Channel 2. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit mother found living with daughter's body for 8 months," 2 July 2018 Throughout the four days, kids curled up together in fleece blankets to comfort each other. Karen De Sa, BostonGlobe.com, "Teens pushed to the brink at ‘leadership’ camps," 18 June 2018 Throughout the four days, kids curled up together in fleece blankets to comfort each other. San Francisco Chronicle, "A Retreat’s Risky Lessons," 14 June 2018 Protect your plants from the occasional chilly day by keeping a few frost blankets on hand, Lowe's experts suggested. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for Spring," 25 Feb. 2019 Don’t forget the ambiance, either: Tory Burch’s elegant glass goblets and a Missoni throw blanket that zigs and zags in the brand’s famous knit make ideal complements. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go: The Best Looks to Wear at Home," 25 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This begins in the thin layer of tissue that blankets the outside of the ovaries, per the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Are My Options for Ovarian Cancer Treatment?," 13 Dec. 2018 That’s led to a staggering 129 million dead trees throughout the state, leaving dry kindling scattered throughout forests and creating severe fire conditions that blanket huge swaths of the state. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why the Camp Fire in Northern California is so severe," 14 Nov. 2018 Right now there are still dozens of resorts open, including many in the Northeast, where nor’easters blanketed the region throughout March. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, "Why You Should Buy a Ski Pass Right Now," 6 Apr. 2018 Clouds come in all shapes and sizes: wispy, high cirrus, puffy cumulus, the low, gray stratocumulus layers that blanket gloomy days. Kate Marvel, Scientific American, "Will Changing Cloud Cover Accelerate Global Warming?," 8 Dec. 2017 Kids wrote their names in the ash that blanketed their parents’ cars and corroded the paint. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Scott Pruitt’s Dirty Politics," 3 Apr. 2017 Fox News prime time is blanketed with reports about Clinton investigations. NBC News, "2018 Campaign: Republicans are running against Hillary Clinton (Again.)," 1 Apr. 2018 The area has been blanketed with police checkpoints and security cameras that apparently are doing more than just recording what happens. Dake Kang, The Seattle Times, "Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state," 20 Feb. 2019 Like traveling the wine lands of France, coffee plants blanket the hills and mountains of Costa Rica’s rugged landscape. Lauren Mowery, USA TODAY, "Costa Rican coffee, from rural farms to Starbucks' visitor center," 26 June 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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