Definition of blanket in English:


Line breaks: blan|ket
Pronunciation: /ˈblaŋkɪt


  • 2 Printing A rubber surface used for transferring the image in ink from the plate to the paper in offset printing.


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verb (blankets, blanketing, blanketed)

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  • 2 Sailing Take wind from the sails of (another craft) by passing to windward.
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    • 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.
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  • 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.

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