- n. idiomatic A word or phrase that is used to describe multiple groups of related things. The degree of relation may vary. Blanket terms often trade specificity for ease-of-use; in other words, a blanket term by itself gives little detail about the things that it describes or the relationships between them, but is easy to say and remember. Blanket terms often originate as slang, and eventually become integrated into the general vocabulary.
“Bariatric surgery is a blanket term for many different procedures, including gastric bypass and lap-band surgery.”
“All sorts of people, with a yawning gulf between everything essential in their opinions, are running around today under the blanket term 'folkish.”
“Even those not actively sick with something worse suffered from "the tenant-house rot," grim blanket term for rickets, scurvy, outright starvation and a dozen other ills.”
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