coun·​ter·​pane ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpān How to pronounce counterpane (audio)

Examples of counterpane in a Sentence

a beautiful counterpane that was a family heirloom
Recent Examples on the Web Beneath wall text describing Báthory’s ghoulish crimes and her macabre punishment, bloody mannequins in nightshirts, one with its throat hideously cut, sprawl across a counterpane. Sam Lipsyte, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 The bed was draped in a cranberry-red silk counterpane. Jon Meacham, House Beautiful, 1 Oct. 2013

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Word History


alteration of Middle English countrepointe, modification of Middle French coute pointe, literally, embroidered quilt

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterpane was in the 15th century

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“Counterpane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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coun·​ter·​pane ˈkau̇nt-ər-ˌpān How to pronounce counterpane (audio)
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