- a fabric formed by weaving, felting, etc., from wool, hair, silk, flax, cotton, or other fiber, used for garments, upholstery, and many other items.
- a piece of such a fabric for a particular purpose: an altar cloth.
- the particular attire of any profession, especially that of the clergy.Compare man of the cloth.
- the cloth, the clergy: men of the cloth.
- one of the lengths of canvas or duck of standard width sewn side by side to form a sail, awning, or tarpaulin.
- any of various pieces of canvas or duck for reinforcing certain areas of a sail.
- a number of sails taken as a whole.
- Obsolete. a garment; clothing.
- of or made of cloth: She wore a cloth coat trimmed with fur.
Origin of cloth
Examples from the Web for cloth
Paper and cloth are cheap, what people are paying for is the story.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.
Ana Marie Cox
December 20, 2014
No piece of cloth throughout history has sparked more controversy as the veil.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil
Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights
October 30, 2014
Novelty aside, the real question is whether these avowedly chaste men of the cloth are listening.The Vatican's Same-Sex Synod: The Bishops Hear About Reality. Do They Listen?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 12, 2014
Instead, Ernst is seen as a “likable, relatable person” who is cut “from the cloth of small-town Iowa.”The Bruce Braley-Joni Ernst Race Is Iowa’s Ugliest Senate Campaign Ever
July 22, 2014
My nostrils have smelt the horrors of the (cloth) diaper pail.Why Men Shouldn’t Wait To Have Kids
Conor P. Williams
March 8, 2014
The table was covered with a cloth as white and spotless as good linen can well be.In the Midst of Alarms
Here's the cloth an' some leads; weigh out a hundred and twelve too.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
The wood and cloth will be the two largest items, and these should not cost more than $10.
The framework is to be covered with cloth in the same manner as the planes.
The piece of cloth picked up in Greenwich was in his pocket.The Secret Agent
- a fabric formed by weaving, felting or knitting wool, cotton, etc
- (as modifier)a cloth bag
- a piece of such fabric used for a particular purpose, as for a dishcloth
- the cloth
- the clothes worn by a clergyman
- the clergy
- obsolete clothing
- nautical any of the panels of a sail
- mainly British a piece of coloured fabric, used on the stage as scenery
- Western African a garment in a traditional non-European style
Word Origin and History for cloth
Old English claþ "a cloth, sail, cloth covering, woven or felted material to wrap around one," hence, also, "garment," from Proto-Germanic *kalithaz (cf. Old Frisian klath "cloth," Middle Dutch cleet, Dutch kleed "garment, dress," Middle High German kleit, German Kleid "garment"), of obscure origin. As an adjective from 1590s. The cloth "the clerical profession" is from 17c. in reference to characteristic dress.
Idioms and Phrases with cloth
see out of whole cloth; sackcloth and ashes.