[ hair-klawth, -kloth ]

  1. cloth of hair from the manes and tails of horses, woven with a cotton warp, and used for interlinings of clothes, upholstery, etc.

Origin of haircloth

First recorded in 1490–1500; hair + cloth

Words Nearby haircloth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use haircloth in a sentence

  • And Mathathias and his sons rent their garments, and they covered themselves with haircloth, and made great lamentation.

  • Miss Isobel's attitude toward her mother was that of a monk to his haircloth shirt.

    Quin | Alice Hegan Rice
  • She then broke the glass over the clock face, and with a penknife cut slits in the carpets and haircloth covering of the sofa.

  • The chairs matched the sofa, one being a comfortable rocker with cover of haircloth.

    A Dear Little Girl at School | Amy E. Blanchard
  • Ralph insisted that the haircloth sofa in the parlor was just the thing, but Captain Eri wouldn't hear of it.

    Cap'n Eri | Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for haircloth


/ (ˈhɛəˌklɒθ) /

  1. a cloth woven from horsehair, used in upholstery

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012