- a fabric formed by weaving, felting, etc., from wool, hair, silk, flax, cotton, or other fiber, used for garments, upholstery, and many other items.
- a piece of such a fabric for a particular purpose: an altar cloth.
- the particular attire of any profession, especially that of the clergy.Compare man of the cloth.
- the cloth, the clergy: men of the cloth.
- one of the lengths of canvas or duck of standard width sewn side by side to form a sail, awning, or tarpaulin.
- any of various pieces of canvas or duck for reinforcing certain areas of a sail.
- a number of sails taken as a whole.
- Obsolete. a garment; clothing.
- of or made of cloth: She wore a cloth coat trimmed with fur.
Origin of cloth
Examples from the Web for cloths
We set to our task with a deliberate gentleness, dabbing with cloths, cotton, swabs.Inside a Home Funeral
Melissa Roberts Weidman
February 5, 2013
The women had on long dresses made of orange, black, and green African Kente cloths with matching headdresses.Red, White, and Muslim
Asma Gull Hasan
February 26, 2009
She was always occupied with silks, satins, velvets, or cloths of gold or silver.The Dream
There should always be a set of cloths kept for the purpose.
Put the dumplings into cloths, and let them boil about half an hour.
How could the sacristans manage to distribute the holy vestments and the cloths?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Cloths thus saturated with hartshorn powder, are also the best things for cleaning brass locks, and the finger plates of doors.
- a fabric formed by weaving, felting or knitting wool, cotton, etc
- (as modifier)a cloth bag
- a piece of such fabric used for a particular purpose, as for a dishcloth
- the cloth
- the clothes worn by a clergyman
- 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 and History for cloths
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.
Idioms and Phrases with cloths
see out of whole cloth; sackcloth and ashes.