[ foo t-klawth, -kloth ]
/ ˈfʊtˌklɔθ, -ˈklɒθ /

noun, plural foot·cloths [foo t-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈfʊtˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/.

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

Origin of footcloth

1300–50; Middle English. See foot, cloth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for footcloth

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for footcloth


/ (ˈfʊtˌklɒθ) /


an obsolete word for caparison (def. 1)
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