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[loin-klawth, -kloth] /ˈlɔɪnˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural loincloths
[loin-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈlɔɪnˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA)
a piece of cloth worn around the loins or hips, especially in tropical regions as the only item of clothing.
Origin of loincloth
First recorded in 1855-60; loin + cloth Unabridged
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  • He wore a loincloth of red flannel and fringed buckskin leggings.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • She felt him move, and all at once her hand was not on his loincloth, but on his hot flesh.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • "Strip off his loincloth," said d'Ucello, and Erculio tore it away.

  • Then he kicked off his boots and dropped his hose and his loincloth.

  • He wore nothing more than the loincloth and the earth-coloured, unsown cloak.

    Siddhartha Herman Hesse
  • He was a small man, clad only in a loincloth, and could well have been a Dogon himself.

    Black Man's Burden Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Nowadays, it seems, we need more than a loincloth to protect our hyperaesthetic eyes from the Splendour of Nature.

    Impressions And Comments Havelock Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for loincloth


a piece of cloth worn round the loins Also called breechcloth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for loincloth

1859, from loin + cloth.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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