Definition of blanket in English:

blanket

noun

  • 1A large piece of woollen or similar material used as a covering on a bed or elsewhere for warmth:

    ‘I slept on the ground covered by my blanket’
    • ‘Remove cushions and soft toys, and buy bedding made from synthetic fabric rather than using feather pillows and woollen blankets.’
    • ‘Her whole body was suddenly covered in the warmth as if a blanket had just been pulled over her.’
    • ‘It was the kind of warmth like pulling blankets out of the dryer and wrapping them around you in the middle of winter.’
    • ‘After cuddling in the cozy warmth of her blankets for several minutes, Abbey got out of bed and slipped her feet into her silk slippers.’
    • ‘Quickly she snuggled back into the warmth of the blankets.’
    • ‘Daniel sits on a sofa cushion, with a blanket thrown over his shoulders, eating a bowl of cereal.’
    • ‘I slowly rolled out of bed Monday morning, not wanting to leave the warmth of my blankets.’
    • ‘She swung her legs over the side of the bed, and threw off her down blanket.’
    • ‘Shivering, Robyn wrapped herself up in the blanket for warmth.’
    • ‘As I lay under the warmth of his blankets, tranquility seeped into my body.’
    • ‘Not even a hand had snuck out from under the cozy warmth of the blankets.’
    • ‘There are plenty of woollen blankets and fluffy white towels.’
    • ‘Try changing feather pillows, woollen blankets and woollen clothing to cotton or synthetic materials.’
    • ‘She nodded snuggling deeper into the blankets and stealing their warmth.’
    • ‘She squirmed a bit until she was engulfed by the blankets - and the warmth that they brought with them.’
    • ‘Actually, there wasn't much to make, all she had to do was puff the pillow and throw the blanket over the bed.’
    • ‘The sheets on his bed were a dark red satin, with a fur blanket for warmth.’
    • ‘I'm convalescing amidst the warmth of piled blankets and the hiss of the radiator.’
    • ‘The park was filled with strolling tourists, courting couples and a few people lying on blankets enjoying the warmth of the late sun.’
    • ‘Her teeth are chattering, and I run to get a blanket to throw over her.’
    cover, covering, rug, afghan, quilt, eiderdown, duvet
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    1. 1.1 A thick covering mass or layer:
      ‘a dense grey blanket of cloud’
      • ‘The thick blanket of depression stole around her, enticing her into the depths of a silent quagmire with it's sullen truths.’
      • ‘The district woke up to a thick blanket of snow this morning as the country's cold entered its most bitter phase.’
      • ‘Showering and dressing, still in a dream, we looked with horror out of the window and saw a thick blanket of fog hiding the street.’
      • ‘Outside, dim diffuse light indicated the presence of dawn, but everything was shrouded in a thick blanket of mist.’
      • ‘The sky was gray, a blanket of clouds hanging in the sky, the beginnings of autumn chill in the barest puff of a breeze.’
      • ‘We drove into a thick blanket of fog, and everything was lost.’
      • ‘The low temperatures, combined with the thick blanket of dust surrounding the embryonic star, means the process of star creation cannot presently be measured.’
      • ‘The sky was completely covered by a thick blanket of clouds.’
      • ‘By the time 5:00 pm came around the sun had gone completely, covered by a thick blanket of clouds.’
      • ‘A thick blanket of snow thwarted the efforts of search and rescue teams hunting for the missing woman yesterday.’
      • ‘A thick blanket of snow coated the earth and the tall pines I was surrounded by were heavily laden with white powder.’
      • ‘The city is the first thing I see from my bedroom window when I roll up the blinds of a morning, except on those days when it is shrouded in a thick blanket of damp mist.’
      • ‘The corridor is usually full of people puffing away and a thick blanket of smoke hangs in the air.’
      • ‘The stars were hidden behind a thick blanket of clouds only revealed in brief patches.’
      • ‘Unfortunately for all the fans, a thick blanket of fog rolled in making it impossible to see.’
      • ‘Of all the things I did not expect to be a factor in my morning commute, I woke to the thickest blanket of fog ever.’
      • ‘She now realized why bandits would choose a place like this to hang out, for it quickly got dark inside the forest, under the thick blanket of leaves.’
      • ‘The sky outside was still wrapped in the thick blanket of nighttime.’
      • ‘This morning we awoke to a thick blanket of snow, and it's still coming down.’
      • ‘At this time of year, plants are tucked up for the winter under a thick blanket of winter mulch.’
      covering, layer, cover, coat, coating, film, sheet, carpet, veneer, surface, skin, thickness, overlay, cloak, mantle, veil, pall, shroud, screen, mask, cloud, curtain
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  • 2Printing
    A rubber surface used for transferring the image in ink from the plate to the paper in offset printing.

adjective

  • [attributive] Covering all cases or instances; total and inclusive:

    ‘a blanket ban on tobacco advertising’
    • ‘With this blanket ban on so many aspects of news coverage, you just don't know who to trust anymore.’
    • ‘The government decided to put a blanket ban on all foreign adoptions so no one outside can adopt a foreign child.’
    • ‘However, this is entirely possible without a divisive blanket ban.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the European commission seems to have scotched the idea of local authorities imposing any sort of blanket ban.’
    • ‘The effect of the memo on workers, particularly among less confident journalists, was a blanket ban on anyone who held anti-war views.’
    • ‘They want employers to introduce a blanket ban on internal e-mails and get staff walking around the office.’
    • ‘Local authorities will not have the right to issue blanket bans on gambling.’
    • ‘The director of the civil rights group said blanket bans cause unacceptable breaches of innocent people's human rights.’
    • ‘The health minister plans to include pubs in a blanket ban on smoking in the workplace.’
    • ‘But a blanket ban serves only to prevent the public from knowing what really happened last week.’
    • ‘The association chairman said only a complete blanket ban on smoking in pubs would work.’
    • ‘There is no general blanket rule, but being safe and taking those precautions are the most important things.’
    • ‘There are real fears that many coal merchants, dockers and hauliers will be seriously affected if the Government's blanket ban goes ahead.’
    • ‘In the 1960s, most countries imposed blanket speed limits.’
    • ‘They are compiling a list of skating no-go areas around the parish - and a blanket ban on skateboarding in unsociable hours is also being put forward.’
    • ‘Licensees say there is no support for a blanket ban that would devastate the city's £200m-a-year night time economy.’
    • ‘My first step will be to remove the insect killer tubelight setup on each floor, and issue a blanket ban on all insect repellants.’
    • ‘What will the impact of a blanket ban be?’
    • ‘The traditional smoky Irish pub will be officially consigned to the past today as a blanket ban on smoking in the workplace comes into force.’
    • ‘It was just a general, unspecific blanket condemnation of that sort of thing, you know, to keep up appearances.’
    wholesale, across the board, outright, indiscriminate, overall, general, mass, umbrella, inclusive, all-inclusive, all-round, sweeping, total, complete, comprehensive, thorough, extensive, wide-ranging, far-reaching, large-scale, widespread
    universal, global, worldwide, international, nationwide, countrywide, coast-to-coast, company-wide
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Cover completely with a thick layer of something:

    ‘the countryside was blanketed in snow’
    • ‘The area was blanketed in an icy fog and the road was slushy from an early morning snowfall.’
    • ‘The grass was blanketed in flowers and the air was heavy with fragrance.’
    • ‘The town was blanketed in thick black smoke after arsonists set fire to material in the long awaited new hospital extension.’
    • ‘When the forest floor is blanketed in snow, the birds use their powerful bills to dig out ant nests from tree trunks and tree bases.’
    • ‘Several inches had fallen since it began late the previous night, and the outside of the train station was blanketed in a layer of white.’
    • ‘What land wasn't covered with homes was blanketed in lush, never-ending meadows and fields.’
    • ‘As a result, whole swathes of the park are blanketed in droppings.’
    • ‘And when winter comes, the open fields are blanketed in a layer of blinding, white snow.’
    • ‘With all its grandeur, the place was blanketed in an age-old sorrow.’
    • ‘The mountainside was blanketed in trees and shrubs, making it impossible to see through the thick vegetation.’
    • ‘The photo reveals a thick layer of dust blanketing the floor and wall of the summit crater atop the tall volcano.’
    • ‘The only distinguishing feature was a silver doorknob, blanketed with a thick layer of dust.’
    • ‘A blinding coat of white blanketed the thick shrubbery that defined my garden.’
    • ‘The sky was blanketed in dark gray clouds and a light snow fluttered to Earth.’
    • ‘In the film, a town in Maine is blanketed in a thick soup of slow moving fog.’
    • ‘A thick, dark layer of smoke is blanketing much of Los Angeles and still the cause of the fire is unknown.’
    • ‘Upon reaching the ski area, the whole village was blanketed in pure white snow.’
    • ‘He could only stand and watch as all three Genos were blanketed in heavy gun fire.’
    • ‘The stage is blanketed in darkness until a shadowy figure comes out with a glowing candle in one hand.’
    • ‘He gave one pull, and the entire floor was blanketed in utter blackness.’
    cover, coat, carpet, overlay, overlie, overspread, extend over, cap, top, crown
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    1. 1.1 Stifle or keep quiet (sound):
      ‘the double glazing blankets the noise a bit’
      • ‘The hot, dry wind that continually blew off the Mongolian plains had blanketed any sound of their approach.’
      • ‘It is not unusual to see the fish finder screen showing the hard echo of the wreck blanketed by fish both up and downtide of the wreck.’
      muffle, deaden, soften, mute, silence, quieten, smother, dampen, damp down, tone down, mask, suppress, reduce, abate, kill
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  • 2Sailing
    Take wind from the sails of (another craft) by passing to windward.

    • ‘That should blanket the spinnaker behind the mainsail so that there is very little pressure on it.’
    • ‘When you spike the tack shackle the pressure is completely released from the sail and the sail is blanketed behind the mainsail.’

Phrases

  • born on the wrong side of the blanket

    • Illegitimate.

      • ‘But will today's audiences care about a bed-hopping rogue born on the wrong side of the blanket who eventually finds true love?’
      • ‘Well meaning professionals believed that adopted children would benefit by being shielded from the shame of being born on the wrong side of the blanket.’
      • ‘The children born on the wrong side of the blanket came from twenty different mothers, nineteen of whom had one each, while one woman had five.’
      • ‘It is a simple story of an unfortunate who had the misfortune to be born on the wrong side of the blanket.’
      • ‘He may have been born on the wrong side of the blanket, but he's everything a proper lord should be.’
      • ‘He was born on the wrong side of the blanket, as they say.’
      • ‘There is speculation that he was born on the wrong side of the blanket, as the illegitimate son of a local squire.’
      • ‘Can you name three individuals born on the wrong side of the blanket who eventually came to wear crowns?’
      • ‘This is the story of a man born on the wrong side of the blanket, a fugitive from the King's justice, and the finest swordsman in all of France.’
      • ‘If she was perchance born on the wrong side of the blanket, then she cannot become an earl's wife.’
      born out of wedlock, born of unmarried parents
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Origin

Middle English (denoting undyed woollen cloth): via Old Northern French from Old French blanc white, ultimately of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

blanket

/ˈblaŋkɪt/