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


[klohth] /kloʊð/
verb (used with object), clothed or clad, clothing.
to dress; attire.
to provide with clothing.
to cover with or as with clothing.
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)
1. robe, garb, array, accouter, bedeck. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for clothes
  • Next, the system matches the customer's measurements to clothes in its database.
  • Make sure you pack your interview clothes in your carry-on bag.
  • Buy clothes for the thin-you but know it is wise to plan for the thick-you.
  • Clean clothes are a must, but so is a clean environment.
  • They were warm and fragrant, and the smell was all over my hands and clothes.
  • There's a big problem with purchasing clothes online.
  • Also, the roles of designers have been expanding for decades, well beyond the actual making of clothes.
  • We nuke prepared dishes rather than growing our own food and machine-wash ready-made clothes rather than sewing and scrubbing.
  • He attired himself with clothes even as does a husband.
  • And natural daylighting is perfect for closets where you need to see clothes in light that doesn't distort colors.
British Dictionary definitions for clothes


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


verb (transitive) clothes, clothing, clothed, clad
to dress or attire (a person)
to provide with clothing or covering
to conceal or disguise
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

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.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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