[klawth, kloth]
noun, plural cloths [klawthz, klothz, klawths, kloths] .
a fabric formed by weaving, felting, etc., from wool, hair, silk, flax, cotton, or other fiber, used for garments, upholstery, and many other items.
a piece of such a fabric for a particular purpose: an altar cloth.
the particular attire of any profession, especially that of the clergy. Compare man of the cloth.
the cloth, the clergy: men of the cloth.
one of the lengths of canvas or duck of standard width sewn side by side to form a sail, awning, or tarpaulin.
any of various pieces of canvas or duck for reinforcing certain areas of a sail.
a number of sails taken as a whole.
Obsolete. a garment; clothing.
of or made of cloth: She wore a cloth coat trimmed with fur.

before 900; Middle English cloth, clath cloth, garment, Old English clāth; cognate with Dutch kleed, German Kleid

clothlike, adjective
undercloth, noun

close, cloth, clothe, clothes, cloze (see synonym study at close). Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
cloth (klɒθ)
n , pl cloths
1.  a.  a fabric formed by weaving, felting or knitting wool, cotton, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a cloth bag
2.  a piece of such fabric used for a particular purpose, as for a dishcloth
3.  the cloth
 a.  the clothes worn by a clergyman
 b.  the clergy
4.  obsolete clothing
5.  nautical any of the panels of a sail
6.  chiefly (Brit) a piece of coloured fabric, used on the stage as scenery
7.  (W African) a garment in a traditional non-European style
[Old English clāth; related to Old Frisian klēth, Middle High German kleit cloth, clothing]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. clað "a cloth," hence, "garment," from P.Gmc. *kalithaz, origin obscure. The cloth "the clerical profession" first attested 1701.
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Idioms & Phrases


see out of whole cloth; sackcloth and ashes.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Tugging causes the fabric to curl toward the center, and the cloth will also
Cloth dye poisoning occurs when someone swallows large amounts of these
Cloth diapers have come a long way from safety pins.
Four days isn't a lot of time to weave an entire fantasy world of whole cloth.
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