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counterpane

[ koun-ter-peyn ]
/ ˈkaʊn tərˌpeɪn /
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noun Older Use.
a quilt or coverlet for a bed; bedspread.
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Origin of counterpane

1425–75; counter- + pane (in obsolete sense bedspread); replacing late Middle English counterpoynte<Middle French contre-pointe quilt, alteration (by association with contre-counter-) of cou(s)tepointe, coitepointe<Latin culcita puncta pricked pillow. See quilt, point

OTHER WORDS FROM counterpane

coun·ter·paned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for counterpane

counterpane
/ (ˈkaʊntəˌpeɪn) /

noun
another word for bedspread

Word Origin for counterpane

C17: from obsolete counterpoint (influenced by pane coverlet), changed from Old French coutepointe quilt, from Medieval Latin culcita puncta quilted mattress
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