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

If the prospect of designing your own handbag feels daunting, there will also be Joshua Vides x Fendi limited-edition products for sale, including shirts, blankets, skate decks, and more. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Step Inside Fendi’s New Shop and Cafe Designed by Artist Joshua Vides," 10 July 2019 Attendees are reminded to bring blankets, chairs and snacks. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Lakewood Summer Meltdown returns for 10th year with music, fun and races: A Place in the Sun," 9 July 2019 Bring blankets, chairs, warm attire, cameras, cash or credit cards. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 18 July festivals to fill your summer," 9 July 2019 Among the contents: Enough water to last a week, extra shoes and clothes, blankets, flashlights, batteries, food, a cellphone charger and food for the family dog. John Rogers, Time, "California's Recent Earthquakes Are Reigniting Fears of the 'Big One'," 8 July 2019 Bring your bug spray, blankets, chairs, food and drinks, and enjoy a family-friendly event in the park. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 7 July 2019 Among the contents: Enough water to last a week, extra shoes and clothes, blankets, flashlights, batteries, food, a cellphone charger and food for the family dog. John Rogers, chicagotribune.com, "After 2 of the biggest earthquakes in decades, California residents urged to be ready for when the ‘Big One’ strikes," 7 July 2019 Ideally, Michaels hopes each person can raise at least $100, which covers the cost of three emergency rescue kits with a towel, thermal blanket, bottled water, energy bar, dry clothing and shoes. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Jillian Michaels Is Dating Designer Deshanna Marie Minuto After Split from Fiancée Heidi Rhoades," 5 July 2019 The brand has thoughtfully added a silk-cashmere travel set to its roster, complete with socks, an eye mask, a blanket, and a bag that doubles as a pillowcase. Andrea Cheng, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Comfortable Brands to Wear on a Long-Haul Flight," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

WeWork, the coworking giant that’s blanketed the country with stylish office space for entrepreneurs and corporations, is planning its fourth Houston location since arriving here two years ago. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "WeWork expands its Houston coworking operation with new downtown location," 8 July 2019 The next day, a forest fire in the nearby mountains blanketed the air with thick, brown smoke, so hiking was temporarily out of the question. Doug Hansen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Warm-weather adventures at Mammoth," 26 June 2019 Anchorage fire officials instituted a burn ban Friday as the city, already blanketed in smoke, braces for record or near-record heat. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage bans all outdoor burning and warns of health risks heading into a hot, smoky weekend," 29 June 2019 Woodland, for example, along with other schools far out of the fire zones were blanketed by smokey air, which forced students — along with everyone else — to take precautions such as wearing masks. Ruth Schneider, The Mercury News, "California releases air quality guidelines for schools dealing with wildfire smoke," 9 June 2019 Now, Republicans are alarmed enough over Blankenship's candidacy that super PACs close to McConnell have blanketed the airwaves with ads to discredit Blankenship. NBC News, "Ex-coal boss and ex-convict Blankenship is wild card in W.Va. GOP primary," 7 May 2018 For one thing, Evans was utterly blanketed by Nevada defenders in the final minutes. Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati.com, "Recapping UC Bearcats' season and devastating NCAA loss, and a look ahead," 19 Mar. 2018 About two hours later, Martin got another call: The Naugatuck River was blanketed in oil. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Timeline of a Spill: Waterbury Mill Reports 100 to 200 Gallons Missing, Thousands Run Into River," 4 Feb. 2018 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

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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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