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

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Paper napkins are flimsy, and black napkins would look strange in contrast to a light-colored tablecloth. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: She makes a mess with her bright red lipstick," 19 July 2019 Huseynov stared at his big, work-swollen shepherd’s hands splayed palm down on the worn tablecloth. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller chronicles the mass migrations that define our age," 17 July 2019 And all the Middle East princesses are crazy about our made-to-measure handmade household linens: The daughter of an emir once ordered a 60-meter-long tablecloth, fully embroidered with flying pink flamingos. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "A Century-Old Florentine Atelier Looks to the Future With Its First Resort Collection," 14 June 2019 The Cincinnati Bengals welcome the media heathen universe for a gab session/sitdown, linen-tablecloth lunch known in This Space as The Mock Turtle Soupfest and Weenie Roast. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Today, Mike Brown and Cincinnati Bengals coaches suffer us media fools," 28 May 2019 Prany placed his hands on the tablecloth, feeling the texture of it. Paul Yoon, Harper's magazine, "Run Me to Earth," 10 Mar. 2019 From whole lobster or tail to a lobster roll or bisque—from Panera, McDonald’s, and Red Lobster to the finest white-tablecloth restaurant, lobster is an iconic American food. Andrew Hetherington, National Geographic, "Maine is running out of lobster bait. Is salmon the answer?," 1 May 2019 For a chair, consider using a throw blanket, oversize Turkish towel with a fringe, or heavy tablecloth. Jennifer Adams,, "Ask Jennifer Adams: How to get a new look in a living room without replacing everything," 18 May 2018 Window shade and tablecloth trims — Samuel & Sons (T); House Beautiful, "March 2018 Product Guide," 6 Feb. 2018

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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 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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