[loin-klawth, -kloth]
noun, plural loincloths [loin-klawthz, -klothz, -klawths, -kloths] .
a piece of cloth worn around the loins or hips, especially in tropical regions as the only item of clothing.

1855–60; loin + cloth

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loincloth (ˈlɔɪnˌklɒθ)
Also called: breechcloth a piece of cloth worn round the loins

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Word Origin & History

1859, from loin + cloth.
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usually, a rectangular piece of cloth draped around the hips and groin. One of the earliest forms of clothing, it is derived, perhaps, from a narrow band around the waist from which amuletic and decorative pendants were hung. From about 3000 BC, the Egyptians wore schenti of woven material that was wrapped around the body several times and tied in front or belted. Sometimes the schenti was pleated or partially pleated and sometimes stiffened to project in front.

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Example sentences
The mummy was dressed in two tunics and a loincloth.
According to one story, it began when a runner lost his loincloth and tripped
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Another applicant swung from a tree, yodeling as his loincloth flipped up in
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He wore the traditional dhoti, a long loincloth with a tunic buttoned over it.
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