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

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