- 1A large piece of woollen or similar material used as a covering on a bed or elsewhere for warmth: I slept on the ground covered by my blanketMore 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 covering mass or layer: a dense grey blanket of cloudMore 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.
adjective[attributive] Back to top
- Covering all cases or instances; total and inclusive: a blanket ban on tobacco advertisingMore example sentences
wholesale, across the board, outright, indiscriminate, overall, general, mass, umbrella, inclusive, all-inclusive, all-round, sweeping, total, complete, comprehensive, thorough, extensive, wide-ranging, far-reaching, large-scale, widespread; universal, global, worldwide, international, nationwide, countrywide, coast-to-coast, company-wide
- 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.
verb (blankets, blanketing, blanketed)[with object] Back to top
- 1Cover completely with a thick layer of something: the countryside was blanketed in snowMore 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.
- 1.1Stifle or keep quiet (sound): the double glazing blankets the noise a bitMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 Sailing Take wind from the sails of (another craft) by passing to windward.More 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 Illegitimate.More 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 woollen cloth): via Old Northern French from Old French blanc 'white', ultimately of Germanic origin.