broad·​cloth ˈbrȯd-ˌklȯth How to pronounce broadcloth (audio)
: a twilled napped woolen or worsted fabric with smooth lustrous face and dense texture
: a fabric usually of cotton, silk, or rayon made in plain and rib weaves with soft semigloss finish

Examples of broadcloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s made of a cooling cotton-polyester broadcloth blend for both softness and sweat-wicking properties, features an elastic waistband for all-day and all-night comfort, and a timeless yet trendy button closure top with a chest pocket that’s short-sleeved for ultimate breathability. Marissa Miller, Travel + Leisure, 22 June 2023 The city was a center of the textile industry in the late nineteenth century, specializing in the cropping and dyeing of broadcloth. Nat Segnit, Harper's Magazine, 4 Mar. 2022 Cut enough off-white broadcloth to fold down into two tiers and wrap around waist and tie. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, 15 July 2020 Repeat the same line pattern along one edge of the belt and tie over the broadcloth at the waist. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, 15 July 2020 The leggings themselves were made in the late 19th century, Shoemaker said, and the Kickapoo used silk ribbons and wool broadcloth like this, often from France and England. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, 4 Sep. 2019 Trace the stencil along the top and bottom of the broadcloth, with the point always facing outward, and cut out. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, 9 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of broadcloth was in the 15th century

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“Broadcloth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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broad·​cloth ˈbrȯd-ˌklȯth How to pronounce broadcloth (audio)
: a fine cloth with a firm smooth surface

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