cloth·​ing | \ˈklō-t͟hiŋ \

Definition of clothing 

: garments in general also : covering

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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.
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There was good cause to think so, given the state of the bodies, the outline of clothing still visible on some. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Extreme heat of Vesuvius eruption vaporized body fluids, exploded skulls," 9 Oct. 2018 Any one of those features puts me a little bit outside my fashion comfort zone, let alone all in one item of clothing. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "We Wore Clothes from Bachelorette​ JoJo Fletcher​'s Fashion Line and Went on One-on-One Dates," 29 Aug. 2018 They can’t get caught on an item of clothing and be uncomfortably yanked out. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The best truly wireless earbuds to buy in 2018," 3 Aug. 2018 Use repellents that contain 20 to 30 percent DEET on exposed skin and clothing for protection that lasts up to several hours. CBS News, "Latest death shines light on tick-borne disease Rocky Mountain spotted fever," 12 July 2018 Officials plan an interactive museum at the Tham Luang cave based on the historic rescue mission that will feature items such as clothing that key rescuers wore during the operation, Narongsak said. Anchorage Daily News, "With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom," 12 July 2018 From home goods to electronics to clothing, the sale covers practically every category on your wish list—including fitness. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Here's How to Score Great Bargains on Fitness Gear From Amazon’s Early Black Friday Deals," 13 Nov. 2018 The Japanese retailer of design-minded furniture, housewares, clothing, and more also began as a MoMA Store pop-up before mounting its expansion in the United States. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Is America ready for Denmark’s coolest design brand?," 1 Nov. 2018 Vendors will be coming from all over the United States to surround the Silos with goodies, including clothing, accessories, home goods, food, and more. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "6 Things You Should Know About Chip And Joanna Gaines's Magnolia Silobration," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of clothing

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clothing was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of clothing

: the things that people wear to cover their bodies


cloth·​ing | \ˈklō-t͟hiŋ \

Kids Definition of clothing

: the things people wear to cover their bodies

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