swaddling clothes

plural noun

Definition of swaddling clothes

1 : narrow strips of cloth wrapped around an infant to restrict movement
2 : limitations or restrictions imposed on the immature or inexperienced

First Known Use of swaddling clothes

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Swaddling clothes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swaddling%20clothes. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of swaddling clothes

: narrow strips of cloth that were wrapped around babies in the past

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