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tablecloth

[tey-buh l-klawth, -kloth] /ˈteɪ bəlˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural tablecloths
[tey-buh l-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈteɪ bəlˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a cloth for covering the top of a table, especially during a meal.
Origin of tablecloth
late Middle English
1425-1475
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at table, cloth
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  • "Please do not call me Princess," said the girl, looking down at the tablecloth.

  • The girl slowly shook her head, her eyes on the tablecloth before her.

  • Next morning the boy was hungry again, but there was no tablecloth and so no breakfast.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • You are a cheat, North Wind; you have taken back your tablecloth.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • The colonel had the tablecloth, rolled in a bundle, beneath his arm.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • From the corner of his eye he watched her as she unfolded the tablecloth.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She found fault with the dish towels; they were almost as bad as the tablecloth, she said.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Captain Cy thoughtfully marked with his fork on the tablecloth.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for tablecloth

tablecloth

/ˈteɪbəlˌklɒθ/
noun
1.
a cloth for covering the top of a table, esp during meals
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Word Origin and History for tablecloth
n.

mid-15c., from table (n.) + cloth.

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