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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Recent Examples on the Web

There’s also a two-step cleaning process involving microfiber cloths and isopropyl alcohol and a list of inappropriate cleaners. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Leather wallets, loose change pose danger for new Apple Card," 22 Aug. 2019 Apple’s special instructions also included a two-step cleaning process involving microfiber cloths and isopropyl alcohol and a list of inappropriate cleaners., "APFN-US--Apple Card-Special Care," 22 Aug. 2019 They are treated by fellow members of the cloth who belong to an order called the Servants of the Paraclete—the paraclete, of course, being the Holy Ghost. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "Jeffrey Epstein Chose New Mexico for a Reason," 15 Aug. 2019 Before long, hundreds of names, surrounded by hearts and drawings of birds, filled every inch of the cloth. Los Angeles Times, "Puerto Rico scandal stirs anger and memories of the difficult days after Hurricane Maria," 28 July 2019 My stomach had fallen back heavily on itself, a worn cloth, a rag, a shroud, a slab, a door, this void of a stomach. Marguerite Duras, The New Yorker, "The Horror of Such a Love," 9 Sep. 2019 Cut remaining cheese-cloth into random large shapes; slash into edges and pull threads for shredded effect. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Witch Costume," 9 Sep. 2019 Wet the tree again with a spray bottle, grab a cloth, and rub the flocking from the needles. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "Here's How to Flock a Christmas Tree, if You've Always Dreamed of a White Christmas," 29 Aug. 2019 Dampen another clean cloth (or paper towel) with water and go over the area. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This Carpet Stain Remover Is Literal Magic," 22 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cloth.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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