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 ?
The counterpane was of patchwork, full of odd little parti-colored squares and triangles; and this arm of his tattooed all over with an interminable Cretan labyrinth of a figure, no two parts of which were of one precise shade --owing I suppose to his keeping his arm at sea unmethodically in sun and shade, his shirt sleeves irregularly rolled up at various times --this same arm of his, I say, looked for all the world like a strip of that same patchwork quilt.
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.
She met me at the door of her room, with a light shawl, and with the counterpane from her own bed.
His wife had preceded him some time before, and with her ample form defined vaguely under the counterpane, her head on the pillow, and a hand under the cheek offered to his distraction the view of early drowsiness arguing the possession of an equable soul.
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.
A fan, a smelling-bottle, and a handkerchief lay within reach on the counterpane.
Cruncher reposed under a patchwork counterpane, like a Harlequin at home.
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.
It must have been one or two in the morning when I stole to my sitting-room window, opened it, and sat down to think steadily, with the counterpane about my shoulders.
When he had got a light he saw that she had taken away all her things and the baby's (he had noticed on entering that the go-cart was not in its usual place on the landing, but thought Mildred had taken the baby out;) and all the things on the washing-stand had been broken, a knife had been drawn cross-ways through the seats of the two chairs, the pillow had been slit open, there were large gashes in the sheets and the counterpane, the looking-glass appeared to have been broken with a hammer.
His servant entered the room; Boxtel hid himself under the counterpane.