\ 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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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 And this season was no exception, with designer Olivier Rousteing swathing his army in hyper-exaggerated, '80s-leaning silhouettes in crisp whites and metallic silvers that showed plenty of gleaming skin. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Bombshell Beauty Lessons Straight From the Balmain Runway," 28 Sep. 2018 The response has been to swarm Xinjiang with security, swathing the region in a high-tech surveillance network and, in the past two years, building the detention centers that inmates say mix abuse with patriotic indoctrination. Eva Dou, WSJ, "China’s Muslim Crackdown Extends to Those Living Abroad," 31 Aug. 2018 The young architect, who was making a name for himself designing low-slung, open-plan houses often swathed in brick, broke out of his Midwestern bubble and earned his first East Coast commission. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Barton House completes $2 million restoration," 2 Oct. 2018 Each eye is swathed in golden yellow, with an accompanying wing. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "This “Clueless”-Inspired Makeup Look Would Earn Cher Horowitz’s Approval," 27 Aug. 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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English Language Learners Definition of swathe

literary : to wrap or cover (someone or something)

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