noun (plural cloths) Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English clāth cloth, garment; akin to Middle High German kleit garment Date: before 12th century 1. a. a pliable material made usually by weaving, felting, or knitting natural or synthetic fibers and filaments b. a similar material (as of glass) 2. a piece of cloth adapted for a particular purpose; especially tablecloth 3. a. a distinctive dress of a profession or calling b. the dress of the clergy; also clergy

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cloth — [klɔθ US klo:θ] n [: Old English; Origin: clath cloth, piece of clothing ] 1.) [U] material used for making things such as clothes cotton/woollen/silk etc cloth ▪ a dress of the finest silk cloth 2.) a piece of cloth used for a particular purpose …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cloth — cloth; cloth·ier; cloth·ier s brush; cloth·i·fy; cloth·ing; mort·cloth; cere·cloth; …   English syllables

  • cloth — [ klaθ ] noun ** 1. ) count or uncount material used for making clothes, curtains, etc. that is made by weaving fibers together: linen/cotton cloth 2. ) count a piece of cloth used for a particular purpose such as cleaning or covering a table the …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cloth — [klôth, kläth] n. pl. cloths [klôthz, kläthz; ] also [ klôths, kläths ] for [ “] kinds of cloth [ ] [ME < OE clath, cloth, hence garment, akin to clithan, to stick, clitha, poultice < IE * gleit (> Ger kleid, dress) < base * glei , to …   English World dictionary

  • Cloth — 〈[klɔ̣ð] m.; ; unz.; Textilw.〉 dichtes Atlasgewebe [<engl. cloth „Tuch“] * * * Cloth [klɔθ], der od. das; [engl. cloth = Tuch, Stoff, verw. mit ↑Kleid]: glänzender [Futter]stoff aus Baumwolle od. Halbwolle …   Universal-Lexikon

  • cloth — (n.) O.E. clað a cloth, woven or felted material to wrap around one, hence, garment, from P.Gmc. *kalithaz (Cf. O.Fris. klath, M.Du. cleet, Du. kleed, M.H.G. kleit, Ger. Kleid garment ), of obscure origin. The cloth the clerical profession is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • cloth — ► NOUN (pl. cloths) 1) woven, knitted, or felted fabric made from a soft fibre such as wool or cotton. 2) a piece of cloth for a particular purpose. 3) (the cloth) the clergy; the clerical profession. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • Cloth — (engl.), halbwollener Futterstoff mit 45 Ketten u. 70 Schußfäden auf 1 cm, Kette Baumwollengarn Nr. 30 engl., Schuß Kammgarn Nr. 74 einfach, Bindung fünfschäftiger Atlas (s. Abbild.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Cloth — 〈 [klɔ̣θ] m.; Gen.: ; Pl.: unz.; Textilw.〉 dichtes Atlasgewebe [Etym.: <engl. cloth «Tuch«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Cloth — [klɔθ] der od. das; <aus engl. cloth »Tuch«> glänzender [Futter]stoff aus Baumwolle od. Halbwolle in Atlasbindung (einer besonderen Webart) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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