Definition of blanket in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈblaNGkət/


1A large piece of woolen or similar material used as a bed covering or other covering for warmth.
Example sentences
  • Try changing feather pillows, woollen blankets and woollen clothing to cotton or synthetic materials.
  • Remove cushions and soft toys, and buy bedding made from synthetic fabric rather than using feather pillows and woollen blankets.
  • There are plenty of woollen blankets and fluffy white towels.
1.1A thick mass or layer of a specified material that covers something completely: a dense gray blanket of cloud
More example sentences
  • The stars were hidden behind a thick blanket of clouds only revealed in brief patches.
  • By the time 5:00 pm came around the sun had gone completely, covered by a thick blanket of clouds.
  • The sky was completely covered by a thick blanket of clouds.
2 Printing A rubber surface used for transferring the image in ink from the plate to the paper in offset printing.


Covering all cases or instances; total and inclusive: a blanket ban on tobacco advertising
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  • There are real fears that many coal merchants, dockers and hauliers will be seriously affected if the Government's blanket ban goes ahead.
  • The director of the civil rights group said blanket bans cause unacceptable breaches of innocent people's human rights.
  • With this blanket ban on so many aspects of news coverage, you just don't know who to trust anymore.
complete, total, comprehensive, overall, general, mass, umbrella, inclusive, all-inclusive, all-around, wholesale, outright, across-the-board, sweeping, indiscriminate, thorough;
universal, international, worldwide, global, nationwide, countrywide, coast-to-coast

verb (blankets, blanketing, blanketed)

[with object]
1Cover completely with a thick layer of something: the countryside was blanketed in snow
More example sentences
  • In the film, a town in Maine is blanketed in a thick soup of slow moving fog.
  • The town was blanketed in thick black smoke after arsonists set fire to material in the long awaited new hospital extension.
  • Several inches had fallen since it began late the previous night, and the outside of the train station was blanketed in a layer of white.
cover, coat, carpet, overlay;
cloak, shroud, swathe, envelop
literary mantle
1.1Stifle or keep quiet (sound): the double glazing blankets the noise a bit
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  • The hot, dry wind that continually blew off the Mongolian plains had blanketed any sound of their approach.
  • It is not unusual to see the fish finder screen showing the hard echo of the wreck blanketed by fish both up and downtide of the wreck.
1.2 Sailing Take wind from the sails of (another craft) by passing to windward.
Example sentences
  • That should blanket the spinnaker behind the mainsail so that there is very little pressure on it.
  • When you spike the tack shackle the pressure is completely released from the sail and the sail is blanketed behind the mainsail.


born on the wrong side of the blanket

dated Born of parents not lawfully married to each other.
Example sentences
  • If she was perchance born on the wrong side of the blanket, then she cannot become an earl's wife.
  • He may have been born on the wrong side of the blanket, but he's everything a proper lord should be.
  • There is speculation that he was born on the wrong side of the blanket, as the illegitimate son of a local squire.


Middle English (denoting undyed woolen cloth): via Old Northern French from Old French blanc 'white', ultimately of Germanic origin.

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Syllabification: blan·ket

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