Cloth of gold
Cloth Cloth (kl[o^]th; 115), n.; pl. {Cloths} (kl[o^][th]z; 115), except in the sense of garments, when it is {Clothes} (kl[=o]thz or kl[=o]z). [OE. clath cloth, AS. cl[=a][thorn] cloth, garment; akin to D. kleed, Icel. kl[ae][eth]i, Dan. kl[ae]de, cloth, Sw. kl["a]de, G. kleid garment, dress.] 1. A fabric made of fibrous material (or sometimes of wire, as in wire cloth); commonly, a woven fabric of cotton, woolen, or linen, adapted to be made into garments; specifically, woolen fabrics, as distinguished from all others. [1913 Webster]

2. The dress; raiment. [Obs.] See {Clothes}. [1913 Webster]

I'll ne'er distust my God for cloth and bread. --Quarles. [1913 Webster]

3. The distinctive dress of any profession, especially of the clergy; hence, the clerical profession. [1913 Webster]

Appeals were made to the priesthood. Would they tamely permit so gross an insult to be offered to their cloth? --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The cloth, the clergy, are constituted for administering and for giving the best possible effect to . . . every axiom. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

{Body cloth}. See under {Body}.

{Cloth of gold}, a fabric woven wholly or partially of threads of gold.

{Cloth measure}, the measure of length and surface by which cloth is measured and sold. For this object the standard yard is usually divided into quarters and nails.

{Cloth paper}, a coarse kind of paper used in pressing and finishing woolen cloth. -- Cloth

{shearer}, one who shears cloth and frees it from superfluous nap. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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