From Middle English blanket, blonket, blaunket, from Old Northern French blanket, blancet (“white horse", also "white woollen cloth or flannel; a type of jacket”, literally “that which is white”) (whence Modern French blanchet), diminutive of blanc (“white”), of Germanic origin, likely a calque of Old English hwītel (“cloak, mantle”), from Old English hwīt (“white”) + -el (diminutive suffix). Compare also Old English blanca (“white horse”), Old Norse hvítill (“a white bed-cover, sheet”).
blanket (plural blankets)
- A heavy, loosely woven fabric, usually large and woollen, used for warmth while sleeping or resting.
- The baby was cold, so his mother put a blanket over him.
- A layer of anything.
- The city woke under a thick blanket of fog.
- 1948 March and April, “Noes and News: Slab Blanketing at Clapham Junction”, in Railway Magazine, page 131:
- In this case, the excavations were carried down to a depth of 3 ft. 9 in. below rail level, and pre-cast concrete slabs were laid between a 12 in. blanket of quarry waste and the ballast.
- A thick rubber mat used in the offset printing process to transfer ink from the plate to the paper being printed.
- A press operator must carefully wash the blanket whenever changing a plate.
- A streak or layer of blubber in whales.
- big blue blanket
- blanket ballot
- blanket bath
- blanket chest
- blanket finish
- blanket flower
- blanket insulation
- blanket lien
- blanket loan
- blanket octopus
- blanket party
- blanket sheet
- blanket statement
- blanket stitch, blanket-stitch
- blanket term
- blankie, blanky
- blue blanket
- California blanket
- Chilkat blanket
- dog in a blanket
- electric blanket
- fire blanket
- Hoover blanket
- horse blanket
- Linus blanket
- on the blanket
- on the wrong side of the blanket
- pig in a blanket
- quarter blanket
- receiving blanket
- saddle blanket
- security blanket
- space blanket
- split the blanket
- stick like shit to a blanket
- wet blanket
- → Swahili: blanketi
- General; covering or encompassing everything.
- 1994, Deborah Dash Moore, To the Golden Cities:
- Another observer offered a less blanket criticism.
- 2009, Gayle Letherby, Kate Williams, Philip Birch, Sex as Crime, page 57:
- Some others appear to be adopting a more blanket approach
- 2010, Jay Cassell, The Best Hunting Stories Ever Told, page 428:
- Disenchanted with socialism, they unleashed free enterprise (or tried to) and backed it up with a more-or-less blanket endorsement of the old ways.
- 2013, Eric Schopler, Gary B. Mesibov, Learning and Cognition in Autism, page 187:
- By contrast, any emotional or motivational explanation of autism would seem to predict too blanket a degree of social disinterest.
- 2017, Mary Kreiner Ramirez, Steven A. Ramirez, The Case for the Corporate Death Penalty, page 207:
- The second reason offered for blanket nonprosecutions for crimes committed at the megabanks involves the possibility that such prosecutions could harm the economy.
- 2021 October 15, “Stalin writes to four States CMs against blanket ban on firecrackers”, in The Hindu:
- Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Friday wrote to his counterparts in Delhi, Haryana, Odisha and Rajasthan urging them to reconsider the blanket ban on sale of firecrackers in their respective States.
- (transitive) To cover with, or as if with, a blanket.
- A fresh layer of snow blanketed the area.
- 1884 December 10, Mark Twain [pseudonym; Samuel Langhorne Clemens], chapter VIII, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade) […], London: Chatto & Windus, […], →OCLC:
- I see the moon go off watch, and the darkness begin to blanket the river.
- (transitive) To traverse or complete thoroughly.
- The salesman blanketed the entire neighborhood.
- (transitive) To toss in a blanket by way of punishment.
- 1609 December (first performance), Benjamin Jonson [i.e., Ben Jonson], “Epicoene, or The Silent Woman. A Comœdie. […]”, in The Workes of Ben Jonson (First Folio), London: […] Will[iam] Stansby, published 1616, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- We'll have our men blanket 'em i' the hall.
- (transitive) To take the wind out of the sails of (another vessel) by sailing to windward of it.
- (transitive) To nullify the impact of (someone or something).
- Of a radio signal: to override or block out another radio signal.
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