oil·​cloth ˈȯi(-ə)l-ˌklȯth How to pronounce oilcloth (audio)
: cloth treated with oil or paint and used for table and shelf coverings

Examples of oilcloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Miller, who eventually won a Pulitzer Prize for his series of interviews with the doomed man, found Collins’ face covered by a small piece of oilcloth. Eliza McGraw, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 July 2023 Across the city, people stashed family heirlooms in cellars and buried them wrapped in oilcloth. New York Times, 17 Mar. 2020 The opening dining area features small tables sporting red-and-white-stripe oilcloth settings, a nostalgic detail from Cardoz’s childhood spent eating out with friends and family in Mumbai. Noor Brara, Vogue, 27 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oilcloth was in 1796

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“Oilcloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oilcloth. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


oil·​cloth ˈȯi(ə)l-ˌklȯth How to pronounce oilcloth (audio)
: cloth treated with oil or paint so as to be waterproof and used for table and shelf coverings

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