[klohz, klohthz]

plural noun

garments for the body; articles of dress; wearing apparel.

Origin of clothes

before 900; Middle English; Old English clāthas, plural of clāth cloth
Can be confusedcloth clothe clothesclose clothes cloze

Synonyms for clothes

1. clothing, attire, raiment, costume, garb; vestments, habiliments.



verb (used with object), clothed or clad, cloth·ing.

to dress; attire.
to provide with clothing.
to cover with or as with clothing.

Origin of clothe

before 950; Middle English clothen, Old English clāthian, derivative of clāth cloth
Related formshalf-clothed, adjectivepre·clothe, verb (used with object), pre·clothed, pre·cloth··clothe, verb (used with object), re·clothed or re·clad, re·cloth·ing.un·der·clothed, adjectivewell-clothed, adjective
Can be confusedcloth clothe clothes

Synonyms for clothe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clothes

Contemporary Examples of clothes

Historical Examples of clothes

  • All is prepared—the table and the feast— With due appurtenance of clothes and cushions.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Say, you come out with me some night jest in your workin' clothes.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "It will take me a week to get your clothes ready," said Mrs. Rushton.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Honestly, I am glad to find you here at your work in your miner's clothes.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • You know I do not care about money, except just to buy my clothes and things.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

British Dictionary definitions for clothes


pl n

  1. articles of dress
  2. (as modifier)clothes brush Related adjective: vestiary
mainly British short for bedclothes

Word Origin for clothes

Old English clāthas, plural of clāth cloth


verb clothes, clothing, clothed or clad (tr)

to dress or attire (a person)
to provide with clothing or covering
to conceal or disguise
to endow or invest

Word Origin for clothe

Old English clāthian, from clāth cloth; related to Old Norse klætha
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Word Origin and History for clothes

Old English claðas "cloths, clothes," originally plural of clað "cloth" (see cloth), which, in 19c., after the sense of "article of clothing" had mostly faded from it, acquired a new plural form, cloths, to distinguish it from this word.



Old English claðian, from claþ (see cloth). Related: Clothed, clothing. Other Old English words for this were scrydan and gewædian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper