From Middle English blanket, blonket, from Old Northern French blanket, blankete, blanquette (Modern French blanchet), diminutive of blanc (“white”). More at blank. Apparently cognate to blunket, plunket.
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.
- 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.
blanket (not comparable)
- General; covering or encompassing everything.
- They sought to create a blanket solution for all situations.
- a blanket ban
- (transitive) To cover with, or as if with, a blanket.
- I'll […] blanket my loins.
- A fresh layer of snow blanketed the area.
- (transitive) To traverse or complete thoroughly.
- The salesman blanketed the entire neighborhood.
- To toss in a blanket by way of punishment.
- Ben Jonson
- We'll have our men blanket 'em i' the hall.
- Ben Jonson
- To take the wind out of the sails of (another vessel) by sailing to windward of it.
- To nullify the impact of someone or something.