oil·​cloth | \ ˈȯi(-ə)l-ˌklȯth How to pronounce oilcloth (audio) \

Definition of oilcloth

: cloth treated with oil or paint and used for table and shelf coverings

Examples of oilcloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Across the city, people stashed family heirlooms in cellars and buried them wrapped in oilcloth. New York Times, "‘Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best,’ by Neal Bascomb: An Excerpt," 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, "The Darjeeling Limited Inspired Color-Saturated Interiors at the New Bombay Bread Bar," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of oilcloth

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 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oilcloth

: cloth that is treated with oil so that it does not let water in and that is used especially to cover tables and shelves


oil·​cloth | \ ˈȯil-ˌklȯth How to pronounce oilcloth (audio) \

Kids Definition of oilcloth

: material treated with a greasy substance so as to be waterproof and used for shelf and table coverings

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