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counterpane

[koun-ter-peyn] /ˈkaʊn tərˌpeɪn/
noun, Older Use.
1.
a quilt or coverlet for a bed; bedspread.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; counter- + pane (in obsolete sense bedspread); replacing late Middle English counterpoynte < Middle French contre-pointe quilt, alteration (by association with contre- counter-) of cou(s)tepointe, coitepointe < Latin culcita puncta pricked pillow. See quilt, point
Related forms
counterpaned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for counter-pane

counterpane

/ˈkaʊntəˌpeɪn/
noun
1.
another word for bedspread
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete counterpoint (influenced by pane coverlet), changed from Old French coutepointe quilt, from Medieval Latin culcita puncta quilted mattress
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Word Origin and History for counter-pane

counterpane

n.

"outer covering of a bed," c.1600, alteration of earlier counterpoynte (mid-15c.; see counterpoint) on model of Middle French pan, Latin pannus "cloth" (see pane).

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