[klawth, kloth]
noun, plural cloths [klawthz, klothz, klawths, kloths] .
a fabric formed by weaving, felting, etc., from wool, hair, silk, flax, cotton, or other fiber, used for garments, upholstery, and many other items.
a piece of such a fabric for a particular purpose: an altar cloth.
the particular attire of any profession, especially that of the clergy. Compare man of the cloth.
the cloth, the clergy: men of the cloth.
one of the lengths of canvas or duck of standard width sewn side by side to form a sail, awning, or tarpaulin.
any of various pieces of canvas or duck for reinforcing certain areas of a sail.
a number of sails taken as a whole.
Obsolete. a garment; clothing.
of or made of cloth: She wore a cloth coat trimmed with fur.

before 900; Middle English cloth, clath cloth, garment, Old English clāth; cognate with Dutch kleed, German Kleid

clothlike, adjective
undercloth, noun

close, cloth, clothe, clothes, cloze (see synonym study at close). Unabridged
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cloth (klɒθ)
n , pl cloths
1.  a.  a fabric formed by weaving, felting or knitting wool, cotton, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a cloth bag
2.  a piece of such fabric used for a particular purpose, as for a dishcloth
3.  the cloth
 a.  the clothes worn by a clergyman
 b.  the clergy
4.  obsolete clothing
5.  nautical any of the panels of a sail
6.  chiefly (Brit) a piece of coloured fabric, used on the stage as scenery
7.  (W African) a garment in a traditional non-European style
[Old English clāth; related to Old Frisian klēth, Middle High German kleit cloth, clothing]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
As a protection against falling objects they put pillows on their heads tied
  down with cloths.
It works better on spots and softens the cloths way better.
Me as a consumer do not get a break for say drying cloths at night when demand
  is low.
He'd spent weeks scouring bargain counters at fabric stores, and eying sheets
  and table cloths.
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