[ tey-buh l-klawth, -kloth ]
/ ˈteɪ bəlˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ /

noun, plural ta·ble·cloths [tey-buh l-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈteɪ bəlˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tablecloth


/ (ˈteɪbəlˌklɒθ) /


a cloth for covering the top of a table, esp during meals
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Word Origin and History for tablecloth



mid-15c., from table (n.) + cloth.

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