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 America was the country’s third-biggest trading partner in 2019, importing $667m-worth of clothing, fruit, nuts and coffee. The Economist, "Daily chart America and Kenya eye up a trade deal," 6 Feb. 2020 Believe it or not, your choice of clothing may also have something to do with your skin's irritation. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "12 Things You Should Always Do If You Have Eczema," 5 Feb. 2020 In West Hollywood, a customer refused to buy a piece of clothing after an Asian American cashier touched it, according to the Los Angeles Times. Anna Bauman,, "Fears of the coronavirus translate to discrimination, xenophobia," 5 Feb. 2020 The company makes its clothing at its factory in China but has its showroom, sample room and pattern room in Brooklyn, Ms. Quinn said. Kate King, WSJ, "Brooklyn Isn’t Just for Startups," 29 Jan. 2020 For iHeartRadio ALTer EGO, the singer brought back one of the most iconic pieces of clothing in her closet. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Billie Eilish Re-Wore Her "Powerpuff Girls" Pants on the Red Carpet and We HAVE to Stan," 21 Jan. 2020 The European group and a separate North American group were formed after the collapse of Rana Plaza, a building housing five garment factories that made clothing for international brands. Washington Post, "European clothing brand group for safety leaving Bangladesh," 16 Jan. 2020 All of the services at Transform free, all of the clothing is donated. Briana Rice,, "Lin-Manuel Miranda, Seth Meyers and others donate to local store for transgender youth," 11 Jan. 2020 In addition to breast prostheses, charity knitters make warm clothing for the homeless, caps and socks for the military, blankets for shelter animals and any number of items for premature babies. Richard A. Marini,, "Charity knitters in San Antonio make hats, blankets — and a difference for those in need," 31 Dec. 2019

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Clothing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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