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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According to Dominican media outlets, Ferreira Cruz said the people who hired him for the hit only told him the color of the clothing of the intended target. Ralph Ellis And Patrick Oppmann, CNN, "David Ortiz shooting suspect says baseball legend was not his intended target, video shows," 14 June 2019 The bar closed not long after the riots, and the building later housed a Chinese restaurant, a clothing store and a bagel shop. Jim Byers,, "NYC is all about pride as it celebrates Stonewall's 50th anniversary," 9 June 2019 Faced with a steep rent hike three years ago in San Jose, Monisha Murray was forced to uproot her vintage clothing store and move to a new location in the city. Leonardo Castañeda, The Mercury News, "In Bay Area, small retail struggles while tech booms," 9 June 2019 The Flavor Street Wear clothing store did receive smoke and water damage., "New Orleans firefighters battle 2-alarm blaze at Gert Town strip mall," 9 June 2019 The market will be located between REI outdoor clothing store and West Elm furniture and décor store. Marc Bona,, "Farmers markets begin seasonal runs this month at 2 lifestyle-shopping centers," 7 June 2019 Hussle, 33, was shot and killed outside his clothing store on March 31. Washington Post, "Judge says Nipsey Hussle documents will stay sealed for now," 6 June 2019 Hussle, 33, was shot and killed outside his clothing store on March 31. CBS News, "Nipsey Hussle documents will remain sealed, for now," 5 June 2019 The share of spending devoted to clothing has dropped by more than half since 1987. Marc Bain, Quartz, "US consumer spending hasn’t changed much in 30 years, with one exception," 30 May 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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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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