cloth

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

Synonyms

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

The standard interior is vegan, which is good news to both vegans and people who simply think cloth seats are more interesting than leather. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Polestar 2 Is the First Car to Directly Challenge the Tesla Model 3," 27 Feb. 2019 For quickly dusting blinds, Forte recommends going over both sides with a microfiber duster or opening the slats and going over each one with a damp cloth and followed by a dry one. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Clean Windows, According to Our Cleaning Lab," 22 Feb. 2019 Ideally, wipe your flatware down with a soft cloth after washing. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, comparatively speaking, LeBron James is driving a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire with cloth seats, one missing floor mat, hand-crank windows and a broken clock (see J.R. Smith) . Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Advice to Magic fans: Ignore media and put trust in Jeff Weltman during NBA Draft," 8 June 2018 The first four trims have standard cloth seats, while the Sport and Limited have leather. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Hyundai’s Elantra compact sedan returns for 2018 with prices from $16,950-$22,100 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 31 Mar. 2018 Updates to the standard features on the previously existing SE model include heated cloth seats, roof rails, and a perimeter alarm. Car and Driver, "2018 Ford Escape," 23 Mar. 2018 Red cloth for the Marine Corps on the final inspection perch before it is shipped. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "Weaving Magic Unravels in Woolrich, Pa.," 21 Dec. 2018 Around the corner, Tia and a handful of young volunteers unrolled drop-cloths on the sidewalk beneath the mural. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: Tia Richardson's newest mural is one neighborhood's vision of better things to come," 5 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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cloth

noun

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

cloth

noun
\ 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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