- a unit of measure for cloth, formerly 37 inches (0.93 meter), now the equivalent of the standard yard (0.91 meter); 36 inches; 3 feet.
Origin of cloth yard
late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75
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Examples from the Web for cloth yard
The cloth-yard shafts of the English archers did great execution.Little Travels and Roadside Sketches
William Makepeace Thackeray
They could neither fight in ranks nor flee from the cloth-yard shafts.
A whizzing shaft passed over his head, and a cloth-yard arrow sped to its mark, inside the shoulder of the deer.
Not upon these, but upon spearmen and crossbowmen, there suddenly fell a flight of cloth-yard shafts, doing deadly work.
No answer came, for the English archers stood silent, holding each a cloth-yard arrow ready for the string.