plural noun, often attributive
\ ˈklōz How to pronounce clothes (audio) also ˈklōt͟hz How to pronounce clothes (audio) \

Definition of clothes

1 : clothing I need new clothes for the winter.
2 : bedclothes I have been awake ever since 5 and sooner, I fancy I had too much clothes over my stomach— Jane Austen
3 : all the cloth articles of personal and household use that can be washed I always wash clothes on Mondays.

Examples of clothes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group said men wearing civilian clothes and armed with guns and knives attacked a protest march in the capital city of Khartoum. Samy Magdy, ajc, 26 July 2022 The men were described as 20-25 years old and of thin build, and wearing dark clothes and baseball caps. cleveland, 22 July 2022 Zamorano matched the description and was wearing the same clothes as the driver of the vehicle, seen in surveillance video at an immigration checkpoint, prosecutors have said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 21 July 2022 Wear light breathable clothing Dress for the extreme temperature by wearing light, breathable clothes. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune, 19 July 2022 Traditional education systems often do not help so much as to encourage conformity in the interest of passing the same tests, wearing the same clothes and speaking the same language. Dean Curtis, Forbes, 19 July 2022 The teen, the law enforcement officials said, had previously posted pictures of himself on Instagram, holding such a gun and wearing the clothes. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 The victims were reportedly approached by armed males wearing black clothes and masks who demanded the suspects’ cellphones and wallets. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 14 July 2022 Yes, that means wearing your favorite clothes that are light, breathable, allow full range of motion, and won’t chafe late in a race. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 8 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clothes

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clothes

Middle English, from Old English clāthas, plural of clāth — see cloth

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noun plural
\ ˈklōz How to pronounce clothes (audio) , ˈklōt͟hz \

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