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clothing

[kloh-th ing] /ˈkloʊ ðɪŋ/
noun
1.
garments collectively; clothes; raiment; apparel.
2.
a covering.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English; see clothe, -ing1

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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Examples from the web for clothing
  • Formal dress dictated that females wear such intimate, and often uncomfortable, articles of clothing.
  • It is wash-day all the week round, for a change of clothing is scarce among the poor.
  • Clearly, she thought that the less clothing she wore the less husk there would be on the rice.
  • It was enough to keep her and her two children in clothing, food, and shelter.
  • Sensor-studded clothing worn by a soldier tracks his movements and vital signs.
  • Keas will tear windshield wipers from cars, shred unguarded clothing and backpacks and raid cabins.
  • There was a lot of crying, sticky hands and vanilla- and chocolate-stained clothing.
  • clothing boutiques and consumer electronics shops line the major streets and pedestrian malls.
  • Every item of clothing that you buy will have been picked over by so many hands from so many countries.
  • Shape-memory polymers find use in medicine and clothing.
British Dictionary definitions for clothing

clothing

/ˈkləʊðɪŋ/
noun
1.
garments collectively
2.
something that covers or clothes

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 clothing
n.

c.1200, "action of dressing in clothes," verbal noun from clothe. From late 13c. as "clothes collectively;" 1590s as an adjective.

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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