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clothes

[klohz, klohth z] /kloʊz, kloʊðz/
plural noun
1.
garments for the body; articles of dress; wearing apparel.
Origin of clothes
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English clāthas, plural of clāth cloth
Can be confused
close, cloth, clothe, clothes, cloze (see synonym study at close)
Synonyms
1. clothing, attire, raiment, costume, garb; vestments, habiliments.

clothe

[klohth] /kloʊð/
verb (used with object), clothed or clad, clothing.
1.
to dress; attire.
2.
to provide with clothing.
3.
to cover with or as with clothing.
Origin
before 950; Middle English clothen, Old English clāthian, derivative of clāth cloth
Related forms
half-clothed, adjective
preclothe, verb (used with object), preclothed, preclothing.
reclothe, verb (used with object), reclothed or reclad, reclothing.
underclothed, adjective
well-clothed, adjective
Can be confused
close, cloth, clothe, clothes, cloze (see synonym study at close)
Synonyms
1. robe, garb, array, accouter, bedeck.
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British Dictionary definitions for clothes

clothes

/kləʊðz/
plural noun
1.
  1. articles of dress
  2. (as modifier): clothes brush, related adjective vestiary
2.
(mainly Brit) short for bedclothes
Word Origin
Old English clāthas, plural of clāthcloth

clothe

/kləʊð/
verb (transitive) clothes, clothing, clothed, clad
1.
to dress or attire (a person)
2.
to provide with clothing or covering
3.
to conceal or disguise
4.
to endow or invest
Word Origin
Old English clāthian, from clāthcloth; related to Old Norse klætha
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Word Origin and History for clothes
n.

Old English claðas "cloths, clothes," originally plural of clað "cloth" (see cloth), which, in 19c., after the sense of "article of clothing" had mostly faded from it, acquired a new plural form, cloths, to distinguish it from this word.

clothe

v.

Old English claðian, from claþ (see cloth). Related: Clothed, clothing. Other Old English words for this were scrydan and gewædian.

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Slang definitions & phrases for clothes

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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