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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Meanwhile, Madewell has done well with its classic, quality clothing. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "J. Crew considers IPO for its successful sister Madewell," 11 Apr. 2019 This isn't the first time the Maroon 5 frontman's on-screen clothing has been debated, either. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Adam Levine Divided Fans With His Bold Battle Rounds Outfit," 31 Mar. 2019 Resell The option to resell your clothing has become even easier in recent years. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "What You Should Do With All Your Clothes That Don't “Spark Joy"," 11 Jan. 2019 Fighting under the pseudonym Pedro, Herrera tricked her compatriots by tucking away her braids and wearing men’s clothing. Teen Vogue, "Mexican Revolutionary Petra Herrera Posed as a Man to Fight for Her Country," 1 Apr. 2019 High-voltage electricians wear protective clothing to shield them from the explosive power of a high-voltage arc flash—a high-energy spark that jumps through the air from one conductor to another. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 They clearly weren’t cut off from civilization entirely, as most of them were wearing clothing given to them, probably, by missionaries or other travelers. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 Hovland earlier granted her request to not have to wear jail clothing. Washington Post, "Woman gets prison for firing gun during pipeline protest," 11 July 2018 The men, wearing dark clothing and masks, rushed them and forced them to lie on their living-room floor, detectives said. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Masked robbers terrorize couple in home-invasion robbery," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of clothing

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 Apr 2019

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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