[ kloh-th ing ]
/ ˈkloʊ ðɪŋ /


garments collectively; clothes; raiment; apparel.
a covering.

Nearby words

  1. clothesline,
  2. clothespin,
  3. clothespress,
  4. clothier,
  5. clothilde,
  6. clotho,
  7. cloths,
  8. clotilda,
  9. clottage,
  10. clotted cream

Origin of clothing

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at clothe, -ing1


[ 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 confusedcloth clothe clothes Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clothing


/ (ˈkləʊðɪŋ) /


garments collectively
something that covers or clothes


/ (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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Word Origin and History for clothing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with clothing


see wolf in sheep's clothing.

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