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/ ˈblæŋ kɪt /


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 forms

blan·ket·less, adjectiveblan·ket·like, adjectiveun·blan·ket·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blanket


/ (ˈblæŋkɪt) /


verb (tr)

Word Origin for blanket

C13: from Old French blancquete, from blanc; see blank
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Idioms and Phrases with blanket


see security blanket; wet blanket.

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