noun, often attributive \ˈklth\

: material that is made by weaving together threads of cotton, wool, nylon, etc., and that is used to make clothes, sheets, etc.

: a piece of cloth that is used for a particular purpose (such as cleaning things)

the cloth : Christian priests and ministers

plural cloths \ˈklthz, ˈklths\

Full Definition of CLOTH

a :  a pliable material made usually by weaving, felting, or knitting natural or synthetic fibers and filaments
b :  a similar material (as of glass)
:  a piece of cloth adapted for a particular purpose; especially :  tablecloth
a :  a distinctive dress of a profession or calling
b :  the dress of the clergy; also :  clergy

Examples of CLOTH

  1. The dress is made out of a beautiful silk cloth.
  2. Wipe the surface with a clean dry cloth.
  3. He has great respect for the cloth.

Origin of CLOTH

Middle English, from Old English clāth cloth, garment; akin to Middle High German kleit garment
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to CLOTH

fabric, textile

Other Textiles Terms

batt, bias, brocade, duck, flock, lawn, toile

Rhymes with CLOTH

CLOTH Defined for Kids


noun \ˈklth\
plural cloths \ˈklthz, ˈklths\

Definition of CLOTH for Kids

:  a woven or knitted material (as of cotton or nylon)
:  a piece of cloth for a certain use <a polishing cloth>
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