cloth

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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for cloth

Synonyms

fabric, textile

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Tip: Work on a flat surface covered in terry cloth, which won't cling to the yarn. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "5 Easy DIY Tutorials for That Viral Chunky Knit Blanket," 12 Dec. 2018 Washing the Exterior: Clean the outside of the air fryer with a moist cloth, as well as the walls of the interior cavity that hold the fryer basket. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Air Fryers for Making Crispy Comfort Foods So Much Healthier," 20 Nov. 2018 Wipe off any remaining dust with a moist cloth, allow the surface to dry, then paint the wall. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix a Hole in Drywall," 7 Nov. 2018 It was announced this morning that the FDA has approved Qbrexza (glycopyrronium) cloth as a safe and effective topical treatment for hyperhidrosis under the arms. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The FDA Approves Qbrexza Wipes to Stop Excessive Underarm Sweating​​," 29 June 2018 This means no abrasive loofahs, cloths, scrubs or chemical exfoliants. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "How to choose a skin cleanser," 18 June 2018 One officer then wrapped a spit mask, or what appears to be a mesh-type cloth, around Johnson's face. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Charges dropped against Robert Johnson, man brutally beaten by Mesa police," 14 June 2018 Some people just use a piece of cloth, wrap it once around the horses' tongue and tie it under their jaw. Kelly Ward, The Courier-Journal, "Here are the answers to all of your dumb horse racing questions," 5 June 2018 As described in a study published online in February in ACS Nano, scientists seared graphene patterns into cloth, paper and even bread. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "The Quirkier Uses of Graphene," 16 May 2018

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.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cloth

Dictionary Entries near cloth

clotbur

clot-buster

clote

cloth

cloth beam

clothbound

clothe

Statistics for cloth

Last Updated

17 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cloth

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cloth

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)

the cloth : Christian priests and ministers

cloth

noun
\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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on cloth

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with cloth

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for cloth

Spanish Central: Translation of cloth

Nglish: Translation of cloth for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of cloth for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cloth

Comments on cloth

What made you want to look up cloth? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

having a pattern of small flowers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!