cloth·​ing ˈklō-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce clothing (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clothing was in the 13th century

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“Clothing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


cloth·​ing ˈklō-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce clothing (audio)
: covering for the human body
: something that covers or conceals

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