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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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  • He wore nothing more than the loincloth and the earth-coloured, unsown cloak.

    Siddhartha Herman Hesse
  • The native, like the juggler, had a beardless face and was naked but for loincloth and turban.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • He wore a loincloth of red flannel and fringed buckskin leggings.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Well, Barney, perhaps for the sake of uniformity we'd better strip and take to the loincloth.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • He was naked, and where the loincloth should have been, there was a virile member projecting from a bush of horsehair.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • A widow is completely swathed in nets, one over the other, and she carries about with her the loincloth of her deceased husband.

  • Then he kicked off his boots and dropped his hose and his loincloth.

British Dictionary definitions for loincloth


a piece of cloth worn round the loins Also called breechcloth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for loincloth

1859, from loin + cloth.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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