Meaning of “blanket” in the English Dictionary

"blanket" in British English

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blanketnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈblæŋ.kɪt/ us /ˈblæŋ.kɪt/

A2 a flat cover made of wool or similar warm material, usually used on a bed

Examples

  • an electric blanket
  • She shivered, and gathered the blanket around her.
  • She wrapped the baby in a blanket.
  • This cuddly baby doll comes with her own blanket and bottle.
  • She covered him up with a blanket.

blanketadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈblæŋ.kɪt/ us /ˈblæŋ.kɪt/

blanketverb [ T often passive ]

uk /ˈblæŋ.kɪt/ us /ˈblæŋ.kɪt/ literary

(Definition of “blanket” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"blanket" in American English

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blanketnoun [ C ]

us /ˈblæŋ·kɪt/

blanket noun [ C ] (COVER)

a cloth cover used to keep warm, esp. on a bed:

fig. Congress was nearly buried under a blanket of criticism.

blanketadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈblæŋ·kɪt/

blanket adjective [ not gradable ] (UNLIMITED)

without a limit:

You have blanket authority to hire anyone you want.

blanketverb [ T ]

us /ˈblæŋ·kɪt/

blanket verb [ T ] (COVER)

to cover:

All week, smog has blanketed much of this hot, baked countryside.

(Definition of “blanket” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"blanket" in Business English

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blanketadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈblæŋkɪt/ us

affecting or involving every person or thing in a situation:

They want blanket bans on junk-food advertising.
The bank does not have a blanket policy of charging for duplicate statements.

(Definition of “blanket” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)