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[tey-buh l-klawth, -kloth] /ˈteɪ bəlˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural tablecloths
[tey-buh l-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈteɪ bəlˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA)
a cloth for covering the top of a table, especially during a meal.
Origin of tablecloth
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see table, cloth Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tablecloth
  • We put an airlock on the fermentation vessel, covered it with a tablecloth, and put it in a quiet corner.
  • Serving dinner on a heart-shaped plate, on a heart-shaped table covered with a heart-shaped tablecloth: romantic.
  • Some of the latter were as finely woven as a modern linen tablecloth.
  • Once the money and the chips were spread across the tablecloth the games began, and the drama did, too.
  • The near tablecloth is purposely blurred, and the painting on the far wall is hazy.
  • It is pretty easy to tell where to sit because a tablecloth is placed on the floor.
  • Do not put them on a tablecloth that little hands can yank.
  • Get out the red-checkered tablecloth and picnic basket and enjoy one of the park's many picnic areas.
  • Allegedly he wrote it down immediately on the tablecloth.
  • MacFarlane's customer base is made up of hunting preserves, other game farms to high-end white tablecloth restaurants.
British Dictionary definitions for tablecloth


a cloth for covering the top of a table, esp during meals
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Word Origin and History for tablecloth

mid-15c., from table (n.) + cloth.

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