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.

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Examples of clothes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Celebrities are passionate about the streetwise sensibility that Clemens brings to the table, and stars like Bella Hadid, Dua Lipa, and now Rihanna, illustrate how versatile his clothes can be. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 18 May 2021 These clothes are easy-to-wear yet are also presentable, his main criteria for getting through the day. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 17 May 2021 The clothes were refreshingly simple and forthright, even if the life was a pulsating soap opera. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 15 May 2021 And the clothes are incredibly wearable, thanks to a sporty-preppy vibe. Katie Chang, Travel + Leisure, 7 May 2021 Altered or niche-branded clothes are also not allowed. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 29 Apr. 2021 My clothes are always clean and neat, but admittedly my winter coat is showing a lot of wear and tear. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2021 In this spirit, clothes were made in small batches and hand-made by local artisans, sometimes using fibers and natural dyes that took a little extra time. Monica Mendal, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 The clothes are made of latex and the gourmet dinners are sashimi, both smooth and chilly to the touch. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2021

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

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4 Jun 2021

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“Clothes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clothes

: the things that people wear to cover their bodies and that are usually made from cloth


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

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