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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The only other furniture in the room was a small table, covered in a white tablecloth and decorated with a vase of plastic flowers, and an empty office trash can. Summer Block, Longreads, "Better Late," 23 Aug. 2019 Just opt for a large drop-cloth like a plastic tablecloth or old sheet. NBC News, "25 time-saving hacks that will add hours back to your week," 12 Aug. 2019 The two created a musical composition, then wove the soundwaves from each instrument in the piece onto placemats, napkins, plates, table runners, and a tablecloth. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How design is being upended by the climate crisis," 9 July 2019 Austin created a tablecloth based on Gino Severini’s painting Dynamic Hieroglyphic of the Bal Tabarin, then commissioned Marie Dâage to create coordinating plates. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "See How 32 Designers Transform a Dining Room in Just a Few Hours," 3 May 2019 Most of us don't eat every meal and snack in a dining room on a table with a tablecloth. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Using a Food Journal Can Help You Lose Weight — And Actually Keep It Off," 28 Feb. 2019 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

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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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