noun, often attributive
\ ˈklȯth How to pronounce cloth (audio) \
plural cloths\ ˈklȯt͟hz How to pronounce cloths (audio) , ˈklȯths How to pronounce cloths (audio) \

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 for cloth


fabric, textile

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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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Guests were led to extra long banquet tables dressed in metallic black cloths and punctuated with Dan-Flavin-esque light pieces. Kaitlyn Weiss, Vogue, "Inside BAM’s Otherworldy Gala Honoring Ethan Hawke and Walter Mosley," 16 May 2019 Water Stains: To remove an already wet stain, blot (do not rub!) with a paper towel or a dry cloth to absorb the water. Irene Hwang, Seventeen, "How to Clean Suede Shoes Like a Fashion Pro," 13 May 2019 To activate, simply run the breathable cloth under cold water and slip it over your dog's head. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This Dog Collar Can Protect Your Pooch From Heatstroke This Summer," 13 May 2019 That might mean slipping it into an unexpected napkin ring, or turning the cloth or paper itself into an element of décor. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Darcy Miller's Top Five Table-Setting Secrets," 30 Apr. 2019 In an old interview with beauty blog Beauty Banter, Meghan revealed an obsession with Bioré cleansing cloths. Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Once Gushed About Buying Bioré Cleansing Cloths in Bulk," 30 Mar. 2019 To cleanse her face of pollution from the bustling New York City streets and heavy makeup from photoshoots, Gale uses a makeup removing cloth from Face Halo. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Victoria's Secret Model Kelly Gale's Nighttime Beauty Routine," 12 Mar. 2019 Some artists have even removed the cloth from its supporting lumber and folded, piled, or shredded it. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold’ Review: Creativity That Cuts Against the Grain," 22 Jan. 2019 Both men had black semi-automatic firearms and had black cloth covering their faces, Moore said. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Masked men assault adult entertainment store employees, cops say," 9 July 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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The first known use of cloth was before the 12th century

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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)
: Christian priests and ministers


\ ˈklȯth How to pronounce cloth (audio) \
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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