- a closely woven dress-goods fabric of cotton, rayon, silk, or a mixture of these fibers, having a soft, mercerized finish and resembling poplin.
- a woolen or worsted fabric constructed in a plain or twill weave, having a compact texture and lustrous finish.
- any fabric woven on a wide loom.
Origin of broadcloth
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Examples from the Web for broadcloth
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."Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
- fabric woven on a wide loom
- a closely woven fabric of wool, worsted, cotton, or rayon with lustrous finish, used for clothing