[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈkaʊntəˌpeɪn) /


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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