Definition of cloth
- terry cloth
- a linen cloth
- Woven glass cloth produces a strong laminate.
- had respect for the cloth
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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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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