ta·​ble·​cloth | \ ˈtā-bəl-ˌklȯth \

Definition of tablecloth

: a covering spread over a dining table before the tableware is set

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Inside the centuries-old, two-story wood carriage house, its tall peaked-gable roof and rustic light fixtures evoked an enviable old-world farm-to-table charm; white dahlias and black tablecloths covered two long tables. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Inside Tom Ford Beauty’s Most Fragrant (and Festive!) Party of the Summer," 13 Aug. 2018 Tables were all about layering textures, with low yet lush bouquets of peonies, garden roses, and lots of seasonal greenery, Casa de Perrin dishware that included stemware with blue handles and pale pink glasses, and velvet patterned tablecloths. Kt Merry, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Dallas, With Love: This Texas Wedding Redefined Effortless Elegance," 7 Nov. 2018 The meal setup included a cloth tablecloth, porcelain dishes, and a flickering votive candle — battery-operated; no flames allowed, of course. Marilyn Jones,, "'Flying chefs' in business class," 6 July 2018 The tables had tablecloths, the lights were dim, music murmured from the walls and there were no drinks on the house. Bill Savage, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books / Booze / Food & Drink Can a Division Street cocktail bar truly capture the spirit of Nelson Algren?," 13 June 2018 In the 130-seat, dimly lit dining room, each table is set with white linen tablecloths and brass candleholders with flickering oil lamps., "Free appetizers set the tone for a feast at Angelica’s," 30 Mar. 2018 In my mind, Gates was a place of white tablecloths and delicate, flaky whitefish dinners. Heather Radke, Longreads, "A Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing With Your Father," 16 June 2018 Also on deck: Her mother’s lace tablecloth and coffee urn, and the Angelique sterling from Granny. Southern Living, "How Mama’s Wedding China Became The Revival Dishes," 10 May 2018 Inspired by the hall's architecture, tablecloths are a copper-and-bronze geometric pattern and splashes of apricot and coral will come from rose and ranunculus centerpieces. House Beautiful, "The Inaugural Ceremony: What to Expect from the Luncheon," 17 Jan. 2013

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First Known Use of tablecloth

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tablecloth

: a cloth that is placed on a table before other objects are placed on it


ta·​ble·​cloth | \ ˈtā-bəl-ˌklȯth \

Kids Definition of tablecloth

: a covering spread over a dining table before the places are set

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