O.E. claðas "clothes," originally pl. of clað "cloth," which acquired a new pl., cloths, 19c. to distinguish it from this word. Clothing is from c.1200; clothier is from mid-14c. Clothes-horse "upright wooden frame for hanging clothes to dry" is from 1806; figurative sense of "person whose sole
function seems to be to show off clothes" is 1850.