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 Long after the game was over, Brady went back on the field at the Superdome in street clothes to chat with Brees, who brought his family onto the field. Tim Dahlberg,, "Tom Brady is one win away from the Super Bowl, two wins away from a seventh ring," 18 Jan. 2021 Long after the game was over, Brady went back on the field at the Superdome in street clothes to chat with Brees, who brought his family onto the field. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: Brady moves on, making history with every throw," 18 Jan. 2021 Police found him outside 10 minutes later – now in running clothes—and arrested him for trespassing. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, ""He wanted me dead." Stalking victim speaks out about her former relationship with killer," 16 Jan. 2021 Put Nurk in street clothes and tell him to use his good hand? oregonlive, "Canzano: Jusuf Nurkic deserved better... now the Trail Blazers must figure it out," 15 Jan. 2021 Last October, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York received criticism for appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair in clothes estimated to cost $14,000. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Kamala Harris is on the cover of Vogue, and fashion critics are up in arms," 11 Jan. 2021 After making his debut with the Pistons on Friday and impressing Dwane Casey, Jackson had an even larger role on Sunday with both Killian Hayes and Derrick Rose in street clothes. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons doomed by cold start against Utah Jazz in 96-86 defeat," 11 Jan. 2021 The next day, Sara was spotted leaving Harry's hotel in the same clothes from the night before. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Everyone Harry Styles Has Reportedly Dated," 6 Jan. 2021 During the brawl, Mississippi State’s De’Monte Russell, in street clothes beneath his jersey, ripped the helmet off Tulsa’s TieNeal Martin and appeared to land a punch to Martin’s head., "Brawl mars Mississippi State’s Armed Forces win over Tulsa," 1 Jan. 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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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Clothes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce clothes (audio) How to pronounce clothes (audio)

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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