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[oil-klawth, -kloth] /ˈɔɪlˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural oilcloths
[oil-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈɔɪlˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
a cotton fabric made waterproof by being treated with oil and pigment, for use as tablecloths, shelf coverings, and the like.
a piece of this fabric.
Origin of oilcloth
1690-1700; oil + cloth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We had on oilcloth suits and south-wester caps, and had nothing to do but to stand bolt upright and let it pour down upon us.
  • She put her hands together and placed them in the middle of the green oilcloth.
  • For good, simple food served on oilcloth rather than fine linen, head for this restaurant.
  • In the center of the room stood a large table covered with oilcloth.
  • The oilcloth, tiny blue windmills on white squares, worn to colorless smears at our four places at the kitchen table.
  • It was a long coat made of oilcloth, split in the back for use while riding and walking.
  • Both were covered with oilcloth to protect them from wet weather.
  • For example, material from torn oilcloth haversacks was cut apart to make small pouches for soldiers.
  • Many troopers wore oilcloth coveralls to repel the wet.
  • The harvesters then inched forward on knees covered with oilcloth aprons to gather the berries, row by row.
British Dictionary definitions for oilcloth


waterproof material made by treating one side of a cotton fabric with a drying oil, or a synthetic resin
another name for linoleum
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Word Origin and History for oilcloth

1690s, "cotton or a similar fabric waterproofed with oil," from oil (n.) + cloth. In reference to an oil-treated canvas used as a cheap floor covering, 1796.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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