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[loin-klawth, -kloth] /ˈlɔɪnˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural loincloths
[loin-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈlɔɪnˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA)
a piece of cloth worn around the loins or hips, especially in tropical regions as the only item of clothing.
Origin of loincloth
1855-60; loin + cloth Unabridged
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Examples from the web for loincloth
  • The mummy was dressed in two tunics and a loincloth.
  • According to one story, it began when a runner lost his loincloth and tripped on it.
  • Another applicant swung from a tree, yodeling as his loincloth flipped up in the breeze.
  • He wore the traditional dhoti, a long loincloth with a tunic buttoned over it.
  • He wears a pointy mask and an animal-skin loincloth.
  • That's a ton already and only the area of a loincloth has been accounted for.
  • As if to prove it, he puts on his loincloth for a little show.
British Dictionary definitions for loincloth


a piece of cloth worn round the loins Also called breechcloth
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Word Origin and History for loincloth

1859, from loin + cloth.

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