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, 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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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 26 Jun. 2022.

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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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