loin·​cloth ˈlȯin-ˌklȯth How to pronounce loincloth (audio)
: a cloth worn about the loins often as the sole article of clothing in warm climates

Examples of loincloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Slits were naked except for loincloths and covered in mud, not Noxzema, but there was still the idea that both bands wanted to rebel against stereotypical, hypersexualized notions of what women should look like on an album cover. Longreads, 16 Jan. 2024 The Sewer Boys — as well as their parents, who appear in the movie’s climax — are all anatomically endowed underneath their loincloths and ratty T-shirts. Vulture, 24 Oct. 2023 The statue features a godlike Lincoln astride a kneeling, formerly enslaved man in a loincloth — his servile gratitude could not be more apparent. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 And while their visual imagery is usually masculine — loincloth and all — there are plenty of female oni, some of whom are enchantresses born out of feelings of jealousy, vengeance and shame. Alex Orlando, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2023 Simple clothes hang loose, such as capes, cloaks or loincloths. Ian Gilligan, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Apr. 2023 Each depicts a Black man, one in shorts, the other in a loincloth and shackles. Michelle Aslam, Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2023 Clad in a leopard-print loincloth, the fellow roamed his 2D world, searching for food and clobbering dinosaurs with a hefty wooden club. Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Mar. 2023 George wears a loincloth. Ramin Setoodeh, Variety, 6 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loincloth was in 1856

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“Loincloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loincloth. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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loin·​cloth -ˌklȯth How to pronounce loincloth (audio)
: a cloth worn as a garment about the loins

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