clothes

[ klohz, klohthz ]
/ kloʊz, kloʊðz /

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

SYNONYMS FOR clothes

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

Can be confused

cloth clothe clothesclose clothes cloze

Definition for clothes (2 of 2)

clothe

[ klohth ]
/ kloʊð /

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 forms

Can be confused

cloth clothe clothes
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British Dictionary definitions for clothes (1 of 2)

clothes

/ (kləʊðz) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for clothes (2 of 2)

clothe

/ (kləʊð) /

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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