cloth·​ing | \ ˈklō-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce clothing (audio) \

Definition of clothing

: items (as of cloth) designed to be worn to cover the body The children and their teachers strolled up the path, the colors of their winter clothing bright against the monotone of the field.— Ward Just … radiating vibrance through her bright clothing and makeup.— Hannah Jones also : coverings … seeks to regulate and adopt flammability standards to upholstered furniture, mattresses, bed clothing and candles. Home Textiles Today

Examples of clothing in a Sentence

an expensive article of clothing We're collecting food and clothing for the poor. Only people wearing protective clothing may enter the room.
Recent Examples on the Web Women's and men's clothing items range from $25-$500. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 16 May 2022 The women were also seen cutting off electronic sensors on clothing items. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 16 May 2022 Ahead of the big weekend, the retailer moved hundreds of clothing items and Nike sneakers to the ever-growing sale section. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 14 May 2022 The corset is one of those clothing items that keeps getting resurrected as a fashion trend over the years, and for very good reason. Marie Lodi, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 After all, how many other clothing items are able to make such a statement while being so incredibly easy to style? Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2022 Even with careful organizing, a once tidy place of storage can quickly become a mess of seasonal clothing items and big, bulky bedding. Lauren Rearick,, 23 Apr. 2022 Her personal clothing items were collected and sent to the Department of Public Safety to be examined for DNA evidence, court documents state. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 There’s also a mini closet system off to one side for hanging a few clothing items. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clothing

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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20 May 2022

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“Clothing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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cloth·​ing | \ ˈklō-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce clothing (audio) \

Kids Definition of clothing

: the things people wear to cover their bodies

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