Definition of counterpane noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntəpeɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərpeɪn//
(old-fashioned, British English)
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= bedspread Word Originearly 17th cent.: alteration of counterpoint, from Old French contrepointe, based on medieval Latin culcitra puncta ‘quilted mattress’ (puncta, literally meaning ‘pricked’, from the verb pungere). The change in the ending was due to association with pane in an obsolete sense ‘cloth’.