verb (used with object)


covering or intended to cover a large group or class of things, conditions, situations, etc.: a blanket proposal; a blanket indictment.


    born on the wrong side of the blanket, born out of wedlock.

Origin of blanket

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to blanc white (see blank) + -et -et
Related formsblan·ket·less, adjectiveblan·ket·like, adjectiveun·blan·ket·ed, adjective

Synonyms for blanket Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blanket

Contemporary Examples of blanket

Historical Examples of blanket

  • "We called it the Stick-which-kills-flying," said the Indian, and hid it again under his blanket.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • In other words, and to be concrete, put these things in the car while I fold the blanket.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • She leaned forward, and with her closed fist, pounded the blanket before him.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Here, take my hunting shirt and cap, and give me your blanket and hat.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The cook fluttered about in his blanket, brandishing a saucepan.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for blanket



a large piece of thick cloth for use as a bed covering, animal covering, etc, enabling a person or animal to retain natural body heat
a concealing cover or layer, as of smoke, leaves, or snow
a rubber or plastic sheet wrapped round a cylinder, used in offset printing to transfer the image from the plate, stone, or forme to the paper
physics a layer of a fertile substance placed round the core of a nuclear reactor as a reflector or absorber and often to breed new fissionable fuel
(modifier) applying to or covering a wide group or variety of people, conditions, situations, etcblanket insurance against loss, injury, and theft
born on the wrong side of the blanket informal illegitimate

verb (tr)

to cover with or as if with a blanket; overlie
to cover a very wide area, as in a publicity campaign; give blanket coverage
(usually foll by out) to obscure or suppressthe storm blanketed out the TV picture
nautical to prevent wind from reaching the sails of (another sailing vessel) by passing to windward of it

Word Origin for blanket

C13: from Old French blancquete, from blanc; see blank
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Word Origin and History for blanket

c.1300, "bed-clothing; white woolen stuff," from Old French blanchet "light wool or flannel cloth; an article made of this material," diminutive of blanc "white" (see blank (adj.), which had a secondary sense of "a white cloth." Wet blanket (1830) is from the notion of a person who throws a damper on social situations like a wet blanket smothers a fire. In U.S. history, a blanket Indian (1859) was one using the traditional garment instead of wearing Western dress.

Only 26,000 blanket Indians are left in the United States. ["Atlantic Monthly," March 1906]

c.1600, "to cover with or as with a blanket;" also "to toss in a blanket" (as punishment), from blanket (n.). Related: Blanketed; blanketing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with blanket


see security blanket; wet blanket.

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