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oilcloth

[oil-klawth, -kloth] /ˈɔɪlˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural oilcloths
[oil-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈɔɪlˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
1.
a cotton fabric made waterproof by being treated with oil and pigment, for use as tablecloths, shelf coverings, and the like.
2.
a piece of this fabric.
Origin of oilcloth
1690-1700
First recorded in 1690-1700; oil + cloth
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  • Then, when the oilcloth cover had been wiped, the lesson began on a corner of the table.

  • And he gazed at the oilcloth table cover as if he had been listening.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • Then a man ran out of the draper's with a roll of oilcloth, and off they went again.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • You might as well try to dry yourself on the glossy side of a piece of oilcloth.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Robert took from next the skin a package wrapped in oilcloth.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • The floor about the bed is protected by newspapers or oilcloth.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • So much of it has gone in that oilcloth business, and all for nothing!

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope
  • On Tuesday, November 5, we started, each of us being clad in oilcloth.

  • He sat in the corner on a lounge, which was covered with oilcloth—and waited.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • That done, we covered them with the oilcloth, and sat down comfortably by the fire.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
British Dictionary definitions for oilcloth

oilcloth

/ˈɔɪlˌklɒθ/
noun
1.
waterproof material made by treating one side of a cotton fabric with a drying oil, or a synthetic resin
2.
another name for linoleum
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Word Origin and History for oilcloth
n.

1690s, "cotton or a similar fabric waterproofed with oil," from oil (n.) + cloth. In reference to an oil-treated canvas used as a cheap floor covering, 1796.

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