cloth·​ing | \ ˈklō-t͟hiŋ \

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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Group members debated the Harts’ financial situation, their clothing, their smiles, their sleeping arrangements, the contents of their refrigerator, their decor, and even why Jen and Sarah let their chickens roam free in the house. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 7: 'Stone-Cold Narcissist'," 22 Jan. 2019 Around mid-winter, Amazon in particular offers discounts up to 70 percent off technology, clothing, and more, so consider another reason to mark your calendars for the long weekend. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Best Presidents' Day Sales Will Be On Amazon This Year," 9 Jan. 2019 Can a former-favorite clothing company successfully make a comeback after years of falling out of fashion? Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Deals on clothing, pet items and health products can be found Monday through Wednesday, while housewares, shoes and toys are marked down most on Thursday. Alex Watt, Redbook, "The Best Days for Holiday Shopping Deals Beyond Black Friday," 3 Dec. 2018 Betabrand, a retail clothing company and online community that makes crowdsourced and crowdfunded products, has become known for its dress pant yoga pants. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Betabrand Makes These Buzzy "Dress Pant Yoga Pants" — And We Tried Them Out for You," 15 Oct. 2018 The brothers offer tips on wearing proper clothing and (as mentioned above) checking your pee color. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "All three Watt brothers filmed Gatorade commercials with their dad at Pewaukee High School, and it's pretty funny," 13 July 2018 Your clothing should be comfortable and functional. SELF, "13 Things to Know Before Signing Up for Your First HIIT Workout Class," 3 Jan. 2019 And then there's how an antiperspirant affects your clothing. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "How 5 Everyday Products Have Changed Through the Ages," 10 Dec. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of clothing

: the things people wear to cover their bodies

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