counterpane

[ koun-ter-peyn ]
/ ˈkaʊn tərˌpeɪn /

noun Older Use.

a quilt or coverlet for a bed; bedspread.

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
Related formscoun·ter·paned, adjective
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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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Word Origin and History for counterpane

counterpane


n.

"outer covering of a bed," c.1600, alteration of earlier counterpoynte (mid-15c.; see counterpoint) on model of Middle French pan, Latin pannus "cloth" (see pane).

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