[ blang-kit ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. blank slate,
  2. blank tape,
  3. blank verse,
  4. blank wall,
  5. blankbook,
  6. blanket bath,
  7. blanket bog,
  8. blanket chest,
  9. blanket finish,
  10. blanket roll


    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 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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Word Origin and History for blanket
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with blanket


see security blanket; wet blanket.

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