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[brawd-klawth, -kloth] /ˈbrɔdˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, Textiles.
a closely woven dress-goods fabric of cotton, rayon, silk, or a mixture of these fibers, having a soft, mercerized finish and resembling poplin.
a woolen or worsted fabric constructed in a plain or twill weave, having a compact texture and lustrous finish.
any fabric woven on a wide loom.
Origin of broadcloth
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, broadcloth is from the late Middle English word brode clothe. See broad, cloth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for broadcloth
Historical Examples
  • See to the broadcloth and velvet that the rogues bear upon their backs!

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The doubloons, or the silk, or broadcloth are ready for you at any moment.

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede"

    H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
  • He was dressed in a new suit of broadcloth, and wore an eye-glass.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin
  • It would take a good deal of money to make me forget the broadcloth.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • Thomas Fuller said, "The wealth of our nation is folded up in broadcloth."

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Naturally you would not be expected to appear in broadcloth.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • broadcloth is a soft, closely woven material with a satin finish.


    William H. Dooley
  • If you did not know this to be broadcloth you would speak of it as woolen goods.


    William H. Dooley
  • To illustrate: broadcloth should have a smooth face and a nap evenly laid.


    William H. Dooley
  • broadcloth should be cut with reference to the way the nap runs.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher
British Dictionary definitions for broadcloth


fabric woven on a wide loom
a closely woven fabric of wool, worsted, cotton, or rayon with lustrous finish, used for clothing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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