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 Uncommon Goods also has a USA coloring tablecloth to teach geography as well as state birds, animals and flowers. oregonlive, "Grandparents Day: Ways to say ‘I love you’ even if you’re not together on Sunday," 8 Sep. 2020 Also gathered around the table, with its starched tablecloth, were Coleen, her parents, her two sisters and two more of her nephews. John Pope,, "Japan's surrender ended World War II, and set off wild celebrations across New Orleans," 27 Aug. 2020 Prosecutors allege in charging documents that Williams held a white sheet or tablecloth as another man, Christopher Rojas, used a cigarette lighter to ignite the cloth. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, "U.S. airman faces federal charge for allegedly lighting police car on fire during May protest," 19 Aug. 2020 Oilcloth was used, particularly during the Great Depression, not as flooring but as a tablecloth. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Derek Chauvin and policing, revolutions, YMCA cuts, coverage of home trends," 14 Aug. 2020 Dressing up, putting a tablecloth on the table, seeing your friends and reflecting on your larger values help the day be more than just a regular day. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Shabbat dinners amid the pandemic: An ancient Jewish tradition goes virtual," 14 Aug. 2020 The cuisine type and style of dining vary from gyro shops to hot dog stands to white-tablecloth restaurants. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "The top 100 places to eat in the United States in 2020, according to Yelp," 14 Jan. 2020 Instead of white tablecloths, the tables were covered in brown butcher paper, to be replaced for each new party. Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, "Restaurants are open again in Texas — with some big changes. Is it safe to eat out?," 13 May 2020 The den building kit only has to be tablecloths and broomsticks. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Bored of lockdown yet? This downtime may have some benefits ... if you do it right," 7 May 2020

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First Known Use of tablecloth

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2020

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“Tablecloth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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