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[seyl-klawth, -kloth]
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  1. any of various fabrics, as of cotton, nylon, or Dacron, for boat sails or tents.
  2. a lightweight canvas or canvaslike fabric used especially for clothing and curtains.
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Origin of sailcloth

1175–1225; Middle English saylclath; see sail, cloth
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Related Words

tarpaulin, tarp, fly, shade, duck, sailcloth, tenting, coat, canvas, cover, oilcloth

Examples from the Web for sailcloth

Historical Examples

  • I will procure, if commissioned, any quantity of sailcloth and cordage.

    The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. I


  • The picture was executed on a piece of sailcloth, in a boathouse at Cremyll.

    The Cornwall Coast

    Arthur L. Salmon

  • There were curtains of sailcloth put over the windows to obscure the sunlight.

    Some Naval Yarns

    Mordaunt Hall

  • Then she put it to bed, and wrapped it up carefully in its sailcloth blanket.

    The Red Eric

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • They are still within the grotto, unseen, as the sailcloth curtains it.

British Dictionary definitions for sailcloth


  1. any of various fabrics from which sails are made
  2. a lighter cloth used for clothing, etc
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