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blanket

noun blan·ket \ ˈblaŋ-kət \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of blanket

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

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of blanket in a Sentence

  1. It's going to get cold tonight so you may need extra blankets.

  2. a blanket of fog concealed the view of the harbor

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Origin and Etymology of blanket

Middle English, white woolen cloth, bed covering, from Anglo-French blankete, from blanc white — more at blank


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blanket

verb

Definition of blanket

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

Examples of blanket in a Sentence

  1. Ice was blanketing the bay.

  2. The fields were blanketed with flowers.

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First Known Use of blanket

1605


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blanket

adjective

Definition of blanket

1 : effective or applicable in all instances
2 : covering all members of a group or class
  • a blanket wage increase

Examples of blanket in a Sentence

  1. a blanket amnesty for all illegal aliens

  2. a blanket ban on use of the chemical

First Known Use of blanket

1886



BLANKET Defined for English Language Learners

blanket

noun

Definition of blanket for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of blanket for English Language Learners

  • : to cover (something)


blanket

adjective

Definition of blanket for English Language Learners

  • : affecting or applying to everyone or everything


BLANKET Defined for Kids

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blanket

noun blan·ket \ ˈblaŋ-kət \

Definition of blanket for Students

1 : a heavy woven covering used especially for beds
2 : a covering layer
  • a blanket of snow

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blanket

verb

Definition of blanket for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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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