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

The coffins covered in green cloth were lined up at a memorial center and new burial pits were dug at the massive graveyard that already holds 6,575 victims found previously. Washington Post, "Bosnian Muslims to bury 35 Srebrenica massacre victims," 11 July 2018 For the viewing Wednesday, fans placed flowers and mementos on tables draped in black cloth. Brett Clarkson,, "Tears and tributes as XXXTentacion's fans turn out at the BB&T Center for his viewing," 27 June 2018 Toward the end of the video, an officer can be seen using a white cloth to cover Johnson’s eyes before officers pick him up by his arms and feet and carry him away into an elevator. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "All Charges Dropped Against Mesa, Ariz., Man Who Was Brutally Beaten by Cops," 15 June 2018 Just use a damp cloth to wipe away product build-up when the tool is cool and unplugged. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "12 Common Curling Iron Mistakes and How to Stop Making Them," 8 June 2018 Also, know that using a Swiffer-style cloth on the floor or employing any wet-style cleaning approach is always a safer alternative to traditional sweeping. Dr. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Allergic to your furry friends? Here are tips to help manage pet allergies," 31 May 2018 Start with Vinegar Using a spray bottle filled with vinegar, spray and wipe down the stainless steel surface using a clean cloth. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Stainless Steel," 13 Mar. 2018 How to Nail It: Use a cloth, piece of leather, or some duct tape to protect the faucet if using pliers on chrome surfaces. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Fix a Clogged Sink and Leaky Faucet," 11 Feb. 2015 The reflective red hat contrasted with two drapes, one also reflective but mixed with blue, the other with a pattern that fractured in the folds of the cloth. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Old In Art School," 20 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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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)

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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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