cloth·​ing ˈklō-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce clothing (audio)
: 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 Odie is also carrying a series of sculptures by artist Jeff Koons, part of an NFT crypto project, and material developed to insulate the lander developed by clothing maker Columbia Sportswear. Robert Hart, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Think clothing, shoes, and bags at a fraction of the price. Jamie Allison Sanders, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 And new spending records are expected for jewelry ($6.4 billion), flowers ($2.6 billion), clothing ($3 billion), and an evening out ($4.9 billion), according to the report. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 Activities that lack free speech protections include selling food, clothing, jewelry, soaps, oils and creams. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024 Weeks after Woods parted ways with longtime sponsor Nike, the legendary golfer famous for wearing red on Sundays has launched a new clothing and shoe brand with TaylorMade Golf. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 The suspect was described as a Black man who was wearing all black clothing, a black ski mask and purple shoes. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 12 Feb. 2024 In a dilapidated farm shed in New York’s rural North Country, the belongings of a migrant family who quietly took shelter one night were still visible months later: some clothing and children’s shoes, stiffened by the cold and a thin blanket of snow. Luis Ferré-Sadurní, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Shop women’s clothing in sizes ranging from petite to plus, along with jewelry, handbags and other accessories to put together complete looks. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Clothing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


cloth·​ing ˈklō-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce clothing (audio)
: covering for the human body
: something that covers or conceals

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