clothes·​horse ˈklōz-ˌhȯrs How to pronounce clotheshorse (audio)
 also  ˈklōt͟hz-
: a frame on which to hang clothes
: a conspicuously dressy person

Example Sentences

My teenage daughter's a real clotheshorse.
Recent Examples on the Web Apart from the pleasurable wonder of watching these excellent real horses alongside McCartney’s excellent model clotheshorses, that adjacency was also designed to stimulate the audience’s consideration of animal cruelty in the fashion industry. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 6 Mar. 2023 Megan Thee Stallion is a lithe clotheshorse of a wordsmith whose lyricall bread and butter is commanding men to pleasure her. Will Dukes, Rolling Stone, 3 Nov. 2021 Mary Lincoln, like Jackie, was a Francophile and a clotheshorse. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2021 Andi tries to stick with castoffs from a friend who is a clotheshorse and is also sensitive to chemicals. Alden Wicker, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Oct. 2020 For Roger Stone, the clotheshorse and political operative convicted of witness tampering and lying to Congress, creating his own: Mr. Stone’s Best and Worst Dressed List (presumably not anymore). Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2019 But while a seasoned clotheshorse like Styles can make florals and flamingos look easy to pull off, a fashion movement only counts once everyday people get onboard. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 18 Sep. 2019 The hats are especially lovely, and Michelle Dockery, here blanded-down by her material but still one of the bright lights of the ensemble, takes top honors as both actress and clotheshorse. Michael Phillips,, 13 Sep. 2019 Monday evening was all about the Basquiat-collecting clotheshorse billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the first passenger on the Big Fu— uh, Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, 21 Sep. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of clotheshorse was in 1775

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Cite this Entry

“Clotheshorse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


clothes·​horse ˈklō(t͟h)z-ˌhȯrs How to pronounce clotheshorse (audio)
: a person who dresses well enough to be noticed

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