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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At Monday’s ceremony, Bill Mentzer paid tribute to the POWs and MIAs with the Missing Man table, an empty seat with a white tablecloth and lemon and salt on the plate to represent the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace pays tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice," 28 May 2018 Party guests gathered in a shady area of the club where the long tables were decorated with red-and-white checkered tablecloths adorned with sunflower and daisy flower arrangements held in mason jars — just perfect for a Western-style barbecue. Jane Napier Neely,, "The Valley Line: Club wrangles members into the Saddle & Sirloin Club for annual summer party," 9 July 2018 In Balboa Park, the lawn became door-to-door tablecloths as picnickers spread their fares., "July 5, 1976: San Diego celebrates U.S. Bicentennial," 5 July 2018 Let’s toast Croatia, hoping its next match features those glorious red-and-white checkered jerseys, suggesting a lovely tablecloth in Zagreb. Bruce Jenkins,, "As Lionel Messi fades, a Croatian great rises," 21 June 2018 In Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, kurutob is often eaten with the fingers while sitting on thin mattresses around a tablecloth spread on the floor. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Cafe Dushanbe, a Chef Stays True to His Tajik Roots," 21 June 2018 The loud outfit easily made the biggest fashion statement while also providing a pattern idea for a tablecloth. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "NBA draft picks put on top-notch fashion display," 21 June 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Along the shore, entrepreneurs sold everything from raw oysters to sunglasses, tablecloths and blankets. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Mexican work ethic shows itself in midst of warring with neighbors, allies," 10 June 2018 The white-tablecloth tables extend to the outdoor area, and carefully planted vegetation (as well as a fence) insulates patio diners from the parking lot not far away. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Backyard hangouts, roofs with a view and more: 12 new restaurant patios for 2018 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of tablecloth

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tablecloth was in the 15th century

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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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