Definition of church cloth in US English:

church cloth

noun

  • Any piece of cloth used in a church or a church service, such as an altar cloth, purificator, corporal, etc.; (as a mass noun) fabric used for such items.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in James Shirley (bap. 1596, d. 1666), playwright and poet. From church + cloth.

Pronunciation

church cloth

/ˈtʃəːtʃ klɒθ/