[ foot-klawth, -kloth ]
/ ˈfʊtˌklɔθ, -ˈklɒθ /
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noun, plural foot·cloths [foot-klawthz, -klothz, -klawths, -kloths]. /ˈfʊtˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/.

a carpet or rug.
a richly ornamented caparison for a horse, hanging to the ground.



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Origin of footcloth

1300–50; Middle English. See foot, cloth
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  • An it please your grace, Shall I use my coach, or footcloth mule?

  • The Earl of Northumberland hath a blue coat, broidered with gold, and a footcloth of the same.

    Mistress Margery|Emily Sarah Holt
  • He rideth a white horse, and hath a scarlet footcloth, all powdered over with ostrich feathers in gold.

    Mistress Margery|Emily Sarah Holt

British Dictionary definitions for footcloth

/ (ˈfʊtˌklɒθ) /


an obsolete word for caparison (def. 1)
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