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[brawd-klawth, -kloth]
noun Textiles.
  1. a closely woven dress-goods fabric of cotton, rayon, silk, or a mixture of these fibers, having a soft, mercerized finish and resembling poplin.
  2. a woolen or worsted fabric constructed in a plain or twill weave, having a compact texture and lustrous finish.
  3. any fabric woven on a wide loom.
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Origin of broadcloth

First recorded in 1400–50, broadcloth is from the late Middle English word brode clothe. See broad, cloth
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Examples from the Web for broadcloth

Historical Examples

  • See to the broadcloth and velvet that the rogues bear upon their backs!

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The doubloons, or the silk, or broadcloth are ready for you at any moment.

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede"

    H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise

  • He was dressed in a new suit of broadcloth, and wore an eye-glass.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin

  • It would take a good deal of money to make me forget the broadcloth.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

  • Thomas Fuller said, "The wealth of our nation is folded up in broadcloth."

British Dictionary definitions for broadcloth


  1. fabric woven on a wide loom
  2. a closely woven fabric of wool, worsted, cotton, or rayon with lustrous finish, used for clothing
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