[klawth, kloth]

noun, plural cloths [klawth z, kloth z, klawths, kloths] /klɔðz, klɒðz, klɔθs, klɒθs/.


of or made of cloth: She wore a cloth coat trimmed with fur.

Origin of cloth

before 900; Middle English cloth, clath cloth, garment, Old English clāth; cognate with Dutch kleed, German Kleid
Related formscloth·like, adjectiveun·der·cloth, noun
Can be confusedcloth clothe clothes Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cloth

Contemporary Examples of cloth

Historical Examples of cloth

  • The table was covered with a cloth as white and spotless as good linen can well be.

  • Here's the cloth an' some leads; weigh out a hundred and twelve too.


    W. A. Fraser

  • The wood and cloth will be the two largest items, and these should not cost more than $10.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • The framework is to be covered with cloth in the same manner as the planes.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • The piece of cloth picked up in Greenwich was in his pocket.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for cloth


noun plural cloths (klɒθs, klɒðz)

  1. a fabric formed by weaving, felting or knitting wool, cotton, etc
  2. (as modifier)a cloth bag
a piece of such fabric used for a particular purpose, as for a dishcloth
the cloth
  1. the clothes worn by a clergyman
  2. 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 for cloth

Old English clāth; related to Old Frisian klēth, Middle High German kleit cloth, clothing
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with cloth


see out of whole cloth; sackcloth and ashes.

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