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clothes

[klohz, klohth z] /kloʊz, kloʊðz/
plural noun
1.
garments for the body; articles of dress; wearing apparel.
Origin of clothes
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English clāthas, plural of clāth cloth
Can be confused
cloth, clothe, clothes.
close, clothes, cloze.
Synonyms
1. clothing, attire, raiment, costume, garb; vestments, habiliments.

clothe

[klohth] /kloʊð/
verb (used with object), clothed or clad, clothing.
1.
to dress; attire.
2.
to provide with clothing.
3.
to cover with or as with clothing.
Origin
before 950; Middle English clothen, Old English clāthian, derivative of clāth cloth
Related forms
half-clothed, adjective
preclothe, verb (used with object), preclothed, preclothing.
reclothe, verb (used with object), reclothed or reclad, reclothing.
underclothed, adjective
well-clothed, adjective
Can be confused
cloth, clothe, clothes.
Synonyms
1. robe, garb, array, accouter, bedeck.
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Examples from the Web for clothes
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  • All is prepared—the table and the feast— With due appurtenance of clothes and cushions.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Say, you come out with me some night jest in your workin' clothes.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Honestly, I am glad to find you here at your work in your miner's clothes.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "It will take me a week to get your clothes ready," said Mrs. Rushton.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • You know I do not care about money, except just to buy my clothes and things.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
British Dictionary definitions for clothes

clothes

/kləʊðz/
plural noun
1.
  1. articles of dress
  2. (as modifier): clothes brush, related adjective vestiary
2.
(mainly Brit) short for bedclothes
Word Origin
Old English clāthas, plural of clāthcloth

clothe

/kləʊð/
verb (transitive) clothes, clothing, clothed, clad
1.
to dress or attire (a person)
2.
to provide with clothing or covering
3.
to conceal or disguise
4.
to endow or invest
Word Origin
Old English clāthian, from clāthcloth; related to Old Norse klætha
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Word Origin and History for clothes
n.

Old English claðas "cloths, clothes," originally plural of clað "cloth" (see cloth), which, in 19c., after the sense of "article of clothing" had mostly faded from it, acquired a new plural form, cloths, to distinguish it from this word.

clothe

v.

Old English claðian, from claþ (see cloth). Related: Clothed, clothing. Other Old English words for this were scrydan and gewædian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for clothes

clothes

Related Terms

sunday clothes

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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