counterpane


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coun·ter·pane

 (koun′tər-pān′)
n.
A cover for a bed; a bedspread.

[Alteration of obsolete counterpoint, from Middle English countrepoint, from Old French contrepointe, alteration of coultepointe, from Medieval Latin culcita pūncta, stitched quilt : Latin culcita, quilt, mattress + Latin pūnctus, stitched, pricked; see point.]

counterpane

(ˈkaʊntəˌpeɪn)
n
another word for bedspread
[C17: from obsolete counterpoint (influenced by pane coverlet), changed from Old French coutepointe quilt, from Medieval Latin culcita puncta quilted mattress]

coun•ter•pane

(ˈkaʊn tərˌpeɪn)

n.
a quilt or coverlet for a bed.
[1425–75; alter. of late Middle English counterpoynte < Middle French contre-pointe quilt]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.counterpane - decorative cover for a bedcounterpane - decorative cover for a bed    
bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding - coverings that are used on a bed
coverlet - a decorative bedspread (usually quilted)
quilted bedspread - a bedspread constructed like a thin quilt
Translations
غِطاء السَّرير، لِحاف
pokrývka na postelpřehoz
sengetæppe
rúmábreiîa
gultas pārklājs

counterpane

[ˈkaʊntəpeɪn] Ncolcha f, cubrecama m

counterpane

[ˈkaʊntərpeɪn] n (= bedspread) → dessus-de-lit m

counterpane

[ˈkaʊntəˌpeɪn] ncopriletto m inv

counterpane

(ˈkauntəpein) noun
a top cover for a bed.
References in classic literature ?
I dashed at the place in which I had left her lying and over which (for the small silk counterpane and the sheets were disarranged) the white curtains had been deceivingly pulled forward; then my step, to my unutterable relief, produced an answering sound: I perceived an agitation of the window blind, and the child, ducking down, emerged rosily from the other side of it.
Folding back the counterpane, I stooped over the bed.
There was a square of oilcloth in front of each article of furniture and a drawn-in rug beside the single four poster, which was covered with a fringed white dimity counterpane.
Out of these deep surrounding shades rose high, and glared white, the piled-up mattresses and pillows of the bed, spread with a snowy Marseilles counterpane.
Cruncher reposed under a patchwork counterpane, like a Harlequin at home.
The walls were whitewashed as white as milk, and the patchwork counterpane made my eyes quite ache with its brightness.
Come away at once and help me to tie up some mutton bones in a counterpane," said Anna Maria.
Don Quixote, disconcerted and in confusion at her appearance, huddled himself up and well-nigh covered himself altogether with the sheets and counterpane of the bed, tongue-tied, and unable to offer her any civility.
I could see the counterpane move as her breast heaved.
The hangings were of damask, the carpets from Alencon, and the bed, especially, had more the look of a fine lady's couch, with its trimmings of fine lace and its embroidered counterpane, than that of a man who had made a vow that he would endeavor to gain Heaven by fasting and mortification.
It was a moving sight to behold him wasting away day by day, growing thinner and thinner and ghastlier and ghastlier, and staring with rueful visage from under an old patchwork counterpane, upon the jury of matrons kindly assembled to sigh and groan and look unhappy around him.
She took him to a room above-stairs, and introduced him to a bed on which a magnified bolster, in yellow calico, figured as a counterpane.