[loin-klawth, -kloth]

noun, plural loin·cloths [loin-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈlɔɪnˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/.

a piece of cloth worn around the loins or hips, especially in tropical regions as the only item of clothing.

Origin of loincloth

First recorded in 1855–60; loin + cloth
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Related Words for loincloth

lavalava, dhoti, pareu

Examples from the Web for loincloth

Contemporary Examples of loincloth

Historical Examples of loincloth

  • He wore a loincloth of red flannel and fringed buckskin leggings.


    Robert Shea

  • She felt him move, and all at once her hand was not on his loincloth, but on his hot flesh.


    Robert Shea

  • "Strip off his loincloth," said d'Ucello, and Erculio tore it away.

  • Then he kicked off his boots and dropped his hose and his loincloth.

  • He wore nothing more than the loincloth and the earth-coloured, unsown cloak.


    Herman Hesse

British Dictionary definitions for loincloth



a piece of cloth worn round the loinsAlso called: breechcloth
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Word Origin and History for loincloth

1859, from loin + cloth.

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