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cloth

[klawth, kloth] /klɔθ, klɒθ/
noun, plural cloths
[klawth z, kloth z, klawths, kloths] /klɔðz, klɒðz, klɔθs, klɒθs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a fabric formed by weaving, felting, etc., from wool, hair, silk, flax, cotton, or other fiber, used for garments, upholstery, and many other items.
2.
a piece of such a fabric for a particular purpose:
an altar cloth.
3.
the particular attire of any profession, especially that of the clergy.
4.
the cloth, the clergy:
men of the cloth.
5.
Nautical.
  1. one of the lengths of canvas or duck of standard width sewn side by side to form a sail, awning, or tarpaulin.
  2. any of various pieces of canvas or duck for reinforcing certain areas of a sail.
  3. a number of sails taken as a whole.
6.
Obsolete. a garment; clothing.
adjective
7.
of or made of cloth:
She wore a cloth coat trimmed with fur.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English cloth, clath cloth, garment, Old English clāth; cognate with Dutch kleed, German Kleid
Related forms
clothlike, adjective
undercloth, noun
Can be confused
close, cloth, clothe, clothes, cloze (see synonym study at close)
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British Dictionary definitions for clothlike

cloth

/klɒθ/
noun (pl) cloths (klɒθs; klɒðz)
1.
  1. a fabric formed by weaving, felting or knitting wool, cotton, etc
  2. (as modifier) a cloth bag
2.
a piece of such fabric used for a particular purpose, as for a dishcloth
3.
the cloth
  1. the clothes worn by a clergyman
  2. the clergy
4.
(obsolete) clothing
5.
(nautical) any of the panels of a sail
6.
(mainly Brit) a piece of coloured fabric, used on the stage as scenery
7.
(W African) a garment in a traditional non-European style
Word Origin
Old English clāth; related to Old Frisian klēth, Middle High German kleit cloth, clothing
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Word Origin and History for clothlike
cloth
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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