[ tey-buhl-klawth, -kloth ]
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noun,plural ta·ble·cloths [tey-buhl-klawthz, -klothz, -klawths, -kloths]. /ˈteɪ bəlˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/.
  1. a cloth for covering the top of a table, especially during a meal.

Origin of tablecloth

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at table, cloth

Words Nearby tablecloth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use tablecloth in a sentence

  • Just then there was a rustling under the table and Jackson lifted the tablecloth and peered underneath.

  • His future was laid out for him like a fine linen tablecloth—smooth and wide open with possibilities.

    Deadly Good Looks? | Marcia Clark | April 23, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Jess, who liked above all things to be orderly, spread out the big gray laundry bag on the pine needles for a tablecloth.

    The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • At last the tablecloth was spread and Henry unwrapped his parcels before the whole excited family.

    The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • She sat all alone, plucking nervously at the red-and-white checkered tablecloth.

    The Man from Time | Frank Belknap Long
  • You couldn't notice unless you bent down to look under the flap of their tablecloth.

  • I walked into my dining-room, and sat down at the table, which was covered with a new tablecloth and adorned with my new china.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton

British Dictionary definitions for tablecloth


/ (ˈteɪbəlˌklɒθ) /

  1. a cloth for covering the top of a table, esp during meals

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