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[breech-klawth, -kloth] /ˈbritʃˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural breechcloths
[brah-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈbrɑˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA)
a cloth worn about the breech and loins; loincloth.
Also, breechclout
[breech-klout] /ˈbritʃˌklaʊt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of breechcloth
An Americanism dating back to 1785-95; breech + cloth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for breechclout
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  • For a moment, the man in the breechclout seemed undecided whether he was more afraid to turn and run than advance.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
  • The men had reverted to the breechclout, and were again adopting the head-axe.

  • Hanson saw him from the distance, a skinny giant of a man in breechclout, cape and golden headdress.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
  • With one hand, he managed to free his breechclout and drag out the thin volume that was lodged between his groin and the block.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
  • He was probably soon wearing a skin belt and a cord as a breechclout like the Indian boys of his age.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • He had removed his garments and stood up perfectly nude save for the breechclout.

    Old Indian Days [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • He wears a yellow buckskin kilt, with his breechclout hung outside, like the Arapaho and Cheyenne sun dancers.

  • He drew a thin volume from his breechclout cautiously, then slipped it back again.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
British Dictionary definitions for breechclout


other names for loincloth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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