\ ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swathe (audio) , ˈswȯt͟h, ˈswāt͟h\
variants: or swath \ ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swath (audio) , ˈswäth , ˈswȯt͟h , ˈswȯth \

Definition of swathe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a band used in swathing
2 : an enveloping medium


\ ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swathe (audio) , ˈswȯt͟h, ˈswāt͟h\
swathed; swathing

Definition of swathe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bind, wrap, or swaddle with or as if with a bandage
2 : envelop a mountain swathed by clouds

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Examples of swathe in a Sentence


The nurse swathed the wounded soldier's leg in bandages. Her neck was swathed in jewels.

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Blanche's fantastically maximalist apartment is swathed almost entirely in one of the most famous patterns of all time. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "'Golden Girls' Producers Had to Confiscate Blanche’s Bedding So It Wouldn’t Get Stolen," 2 July 2019 Tender eggplant is swathed in spicy miso, draped in springy pea tendrils, and sprinkled with bits of walnut for crunch and contrast. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "At Kamakura, dinner is part 10-course tone poem, part sake crash course," 18 June 2019 One soldier, Mar remembers, came in completely swathed in bandages. Elise Takahama, The Seattle Times, "‘I was just doing my job’: Seattle’s Chinese American veterans to receive long overdue honor from U.S.," 17 June 2019 In the photo, a closeup of Rihanna's eye is featured, and it's swathed in multiple colorful products, including what appears to be eyeshadow in shades of red, pink, yellow, blue, and green. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Wore Unreleased Fenty Beauty Product on the "Harper’s Bazaar" May Cover," 17 Apr. 2019 Just Joined the Ranks of Ready-to-Wear Dion’s Lee’s sleek Spring collection was swathed in filmy lace. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Beauty Moments That Ruled the New York Runways This Weekend," 10 Sep. 2018 On set, her petite frame is swathed in ripped and repaired denim, a pair of metallic cowgirl boots hinting at mischief. Vogue, "Diesel’s Fall 2018 Collection Is a Love Letter to ’90s London," 3 Aug. 2018 How does this justify the dire adjectives it was swathed in? Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Press Is the Enemy of Climate," 4 Dec. 2018 The outside is swathed in cotton, while the inside is stuffed with polyester balls. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Headless ergonomic body pillows: comforting or totally creepy?," 11 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of swathe


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for swathe


Middle English, from Old English *swæth; akin to Old English swathian to swathe


Middle English, from Old English swathian

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The first known use of swathe was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of swathe

literary : to wrap or cover (someone or something)

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