Definition of cloth
clothsplay \ˈklȯthz, ˈklȯths\
1a : a pliable material made usually by weaving, felting, or knitting natural or synthetic fibers and filaments terry cloth a linen clothb : 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 callingb : the dress of the clergy; also : clergy had respect for the cloth
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.
Recent Examples of cloth from the Web
In both holdups, the suspect was described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, wearing a hoodie, baseball cap and a bandana, or other type of cloth, over his face.
Sinclair used a view camera — the kind that requires a tripod and the use of a cloth over the photographer’s head.
It is named for the case Bivens v. Six Unknown Federal Narcotics Agents, a 1971 relic in which the Supreme Court, pretty much out of whole cloth, created a way for plaintiffs to sue federal officials for damages over civil rights abuses.
Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s enchanting movies are woven from the same gentle cloth: quiet, deceptively uncomplicated stories of families.
In this case, the communion robe, a gift to Mrs. Wilbekin’s minister, consisted of cloth from four generations of her family.
Le Maire, a smart, youngish, literate technocrat, is cut from the same cloth as Macron and Philippe.
IS has been fortifying its positions in Raqqa for months, setting up barriers and hanging sheets of cloth over main streets to provide cover from warplanes.
If a damp cloth isn't doing the trick, use a lint roller to clean up excess crumbs!
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Origin and Etymology of cloth
Middle English, from Old English clāth cloth, garment; akin to Middle High German kleit garment
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
CLOTH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cloth for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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