[breech-klawth, -kloth]

noun, plural breech·cloths [brah-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈbrɑˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/.

a cloth worn about the breech and loins; loincloth.

Also breech·clout [breech-klout] /ˈbritʃˌklaʊt/.

Origin of breechcloth

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; breech + cloth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for breechclout

Historical Examples of breechclout

  • For a moment, the man in the breechclout seemed undecided whether he was more afraid to turn and run than advance.


    H. Beam Piper

  • The men had reverted to the breechclout, and were again adopting the head-axe.

  • Hanson saw him from the distance, a skinny giant of a man in breechclout, cape and golden headdress.

    The Sky Is Falling

    Lester del Rey

  • With one hand, he managed to free his breechclout and drag out the thin volume that was lodged between his groin and the block.

    The Sky Is Falling

    Lester del Rey

  • He was probably soon wearing a skin belt and a cord as a breechclout like the Indian boys of his age.

    The Stronghold

    Miriam Haynie

British Dictionary definitions for breechclout


breechclout (ˈbriːtʃˌklaʊt)


other names for loincloth
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