plural cloths ˈklȯt͟hz How to pronounce cloth (audio) ˈklȯths How to pronounce cloth (audio)
often attributive
: a pliable material made usually by weaving, felting, or knitting natural or synthetic fibers and filaments
terry cloth
a linen cloth
: a similar material (as of glass)
Woven glass cloth produces a strong laminate.
: a piece of cloth adapted for a particular purpose
especially : tablecloth
: a distinctive dress of a profession or calling
: the dress of the clergy
also : clergy
had respect for the cloth

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of cloth was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cloth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural cloths ˈklȯt͟hz How to pronounce cloth (audio) ˈklȯths How to pronounce cloth (audio)
: a woven or knitted material (as of cotton or nylon)
: a piece of cloth used for a particular purpose
a polishing cloth

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