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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Wear warm, comfortable clothing instead of raising the thermostat. Taylor Pettaway, Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, "'Imminent threat:' San Antonio braces for rain, sleet, snow - and extreme cold," 12 Feb. 2021 Ahead of the Capitol riot, Biggs posted messages on Parler, the social media platform favored by the far right, telling his followers to blend in and not wear identifiable clothing, an FBI special agent wrote in the affidavit. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, "Proud Boys leader Joseph Biggs arrested in Florida in connection with the Capitol riot," 20 Jan. 2021 Packer was not the only rioter to wear anti-Semitic clothing. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Man in 'Camp Auschwitz' sweatshirt at Capitol riot arrested," 13 Jan. 2021 Don’t wear loose clothing, and keep long hair tied back. Washington Post, "Flaming cheese saganaki to make everyone say ‘opa!’," 28 Dec. 2020 Wear appropriate outdoor clothing, including warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves and waterproof boots. Rachel Turner,, "Safe Kids Carroll County: Holiday reminders to keep families safe and healthy," 13 Dec. 2020 Custom, meant to reinforce degraded status, required both Dalits and African Americans to enter by back doors and to wear coarse, unattractive clothing. Gaiutra Bahadur, The New Republic, "Is America Trapped in a Caste System?," 25 Nov. 2020 Last week, female students at Presentation College Carlow in Carlow, 53 miles south of Dublin, reportedly were told at an assembly not to wear revealing clothing, including tracksuit bottoms and gym leggings. Fox News, "School tells girls not to show knees because it distracts male staff," 24 Nov. 2020 Those attending the clinic need to wear clothing that give easy access to their upper arms and all occupants must be wearing a face covering, according to the city. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "Free drive-through flu shots in Arlington Saturday," 17 Nov. 2020

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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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25 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Clothing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clothing

: the things that people wear to cover their bodies


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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