noun, often attributive
\ˈklȯth \
plural cloths\ˈklȯt͟hz, ˈklȯths \

Definition of cloth 

1a : a pliable material made usually by weaving, felting, or knitting natural or synthetic fibers and filaments terry cloth a linen cloth

b : a similar material (as of glass) Woven glass cloth produces a strong laminate.

2 : a piece of cloth adapted for a particular purpose especially : tablecloth

3a : a distinctive dress of a profession or calling

b : the dress of the clergy also : clergy had respect for the cloth

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Synonyms & Antonyms for cloth


church, clergy, ministry, spirituality, spiritualty



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Examples of cloth in a Sentence

The dress is made out of a beautiful silk cloth. Wipe the surface with a clean dry cloth. He has great respect for the cloth.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Dry wiping cloths were used as pot holders for cooking equipment. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Restaurant with no sneeze guard on salsa bar among this week's violations," 11 July 2018 First: Strain it through a clean cloth to remove any floating matter., "Here's what you should buy for your home should disaster strike," 8 July 2018 Weed cloth does not reduce weeds and in fact harms the soil and the beneficial microbes that live in soil. Nan Sterman,, "What to do in your garden in July? Less is more," 6 July 2018 The packaging also snaps shut, so the cloths won't dry out over time. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Ulta Is Having a Huge Summer Beauty Sale Right Now," 3 July 2018 By contrast, the drug distributed by the Qbrexza cloth will block sweat production by inhibiting sweat glands. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "FDA Approves Qbrexza, the First-Ever Prescription Treatment for Excessive Sweating," 2 July 2018 Qbrexza is a cloth that can be applied to the skin daily to reduce perspiration by blocking sweat gland activation, according to an announcement from manufacturer Dermira. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "The FDA Approved a Topical Treatment for Excessive Underarm Sweating," 30 June 2018 The drug is inside a cloth wiped over the skin daily to block sweat glands from activating. Washington Post, "FDA OKs first drug made to reduce excessive sweating," 30 June 2018 The cloth—which would be applied directly to the armpits—works to block sweat production by inhibiting the sweat gland. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The FDA Approves Qbrexza Wipes to Stop Excessive Underarm Sweating​​," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of cloth

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cloth

Middle English, from Old English clāth cloth, garment; akin to Middle High German kleit garment

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English Language Learners Definition of cloth

: 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


\ˈklȯth \
plural cloths\ˈklȯt͟hz, ˈklȯths \

Kids Definition of cloth

1 : a woven or knitted material (as of cotton or nylon)

2 : a piece of cloth for a certain use a polishing cloth

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