ta·​ble·​cloth | \ ˈtā-bəl-ˌklȯth How to pronounce tablecloth (audio) \

Definition of tablecloth

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

Examples of tablecloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once their kingdoms were secured and their dominion established with a tablecloth, some headed to the apron of the racetrack to watch thoroughbreds skip through the mist in morning workouts. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2021 These six long-distance trains have reinstated white-tablecloth dining., 1 Sep. 2021 When the news started to spread like a red wine stain on a tablecloth, there was no denying she was gone. Holly Gleason, Variety, 15 Aug. 2021 The party was complete with a unicorn tablecloth, cake and blow-up sprinkler in the backyard. Kaitlyn Frey,, 2 Aug. 2021 Watson chose a tablecloth that would chime with the meal’s nautical mood — and add a little understated drama. New York Times, 21 July 2021 Like a tablecloth, it is deformed by massive objects. Robert Gast, Scientific American, 13 July 2021 His shows were made with the understanding that great meals were as likely to come from a roadside cart as a white-tablecloth joint, and they were founded (and sometimes cast doubt) on the power of food to bring people together. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 16 July 2021 Atop a long table draped in a black tablecloth embroidered with South Central Succs’ green and gold logo sit more than a dozen colorful, intricately assembled succulent arrangements. Claire Reid, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021

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First Known Use of tablecloth

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 Oct 2021

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“Tablecloth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce tablecloth (audio) \

Kids Definition of tablecloth

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

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