cloth·​ing | \ ˈklō-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce clothing (audio) \

Definition of clothing

: items (as of cloth) designed to be worn to cover the body The children and their teachers strolled up the path, the colors of their winter clothing bright against the monotone of the field.— Ward Just … radiating vibrance through her bright clothing and makeup.— Hannah Jones also : coverings … seeks to regulate and adopt flammability standards to upholstered furniture, mattresses, bed clothing and candles. Home Textiles Today

Examples of clothing in a Sentence

an expensive article of clothing We're collecting food and clothing for the poor. Only people wearing protective clothing may enter the room.
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First Known Use of clothing

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Clothing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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cloth·​ing | \ ˈklō-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce clothing (audio) \

Kids Definition of clothing

: the things people wear to cover their bodies

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