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

Examples of swaddling clothes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jesus’ swaddling clothes prefigure his freeing us from death’s winding sheets. Alexandra Mullen, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2020 Yet in every variation the meaning shone through, as durable as a soul, wrapped in swaddling clothes. Patricia Lockwood, The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of swaddling clothes

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of swaddling clothes was in 1526

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“Swaddling clothes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swaddling%20clothes. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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