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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The whales are the Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology and Logistics personnel, for whom defense contractors pull out the good swag from under the tablecloths. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Where U.S. Special Forces Buy Their Weapons," 23 Apr. 2018 Bring the audience to the table with a great premise and clear storytelling, then pull the tablecloth out and blow people’s minds! Simon Abrams, The Hollywood Reporter, "Did 'A Quiet Place' Take Enough Risks?," 16 Apr. 2018 Evans kept herself busy, placing plastic chairs for guests around the house and smoothing the red plastic tablecloths on the folding tables set up in the dining room. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "Vallejo family’s questions unanswered a year after killing by police," 26 Jan. 2018 And the large-scale patterns — the whale wallpaper, the sofa flowers, the leaf pillows, the tablecloth — keep things less old cottage-y and more contemporary. Lisa Cregan, House Beautiful, "Krista Ewart on Decorating a Cheerful Beach House," 18 July 2010 The restaurant is a traditional, sit-down, white tablecloth restaurant with a large dining room and buffet service that has built up a following over the years, with families celebrating weddings, birthdays, religious holidays, and other milestones. Pioneer Press,, "'This is not easy for me': Old Warsaw to close in Harwood Heights as PDQ restaurant aims to move in," 7 July 2018 There are linen napkins, white tablecloths and stainless-steel cutlery. Barry D. Wood, USA TODAY, "California Zephyr to Capitol Limited: Crossing the country by Amtrak," 26 Mar. 2018 White tablecloths and high windows give the main dining room a sense of grandeur and elegance. Malcolm Mayhew, star-telegram, "New steakhouse raises the steakhouse stakes in Fort Worth," 10 Jan. 2018 Wedge salads, baked clams and a cheeseburger give you some idea of the menu, and red-checked tablecloths are part of the décor. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Kings Co Imperial Extends Its Reach to Manhattan," 26 June 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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