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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. 2017.
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  • The doubloons, or the silk, or broadcloth are ready for you at any moment.

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede" H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
  • See to the broadcloth and velvet that the rogues bear upon their backs!

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Maybe the transition from broadcloth to homespun shocked the San Francisco public!

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
  • He was dressed in a new suit of broadcloth, and wore an eye-glass.

    Winning His Way Charles Carleton Coffin
  • Melton is about the same width as broadcloth, 52 inches, and costs also from $2 to $4 per yard for a good quality.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • If you did not know this to be broadcloth you would speak of it as woolen goods.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • The coat was of broadcloth, dark-coloured, and of good quality, cut frock-fashion.

    The Fatal Cord Mayne Reid
  • To illustrate: broadcloth should have a smooth face and a nap evenly laid.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • The civilized being still hides the faun and the dryad within its broadcloth and its silk.

  • They are powerful in ships; and in watches and broadcloth unrivalled.'

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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