Definition of cloth in US English:

cloth

noun

  • 1Woven or felted fabric made from wool, cotton, or a similar fiber.

    as modifier ‘a cloth bag’
    ‘shelves covered with bright red cloth’
    • ‘The Englishman proceeds to pull out two cloth bank bags, seemingly full of money.’
    • ‘The jacket is manufactured from wool and has khaki cloth patches on the elbows.’
    • ‘They weave cotton into strips of cloth, which are then sewn together, forming a length of fabric.’
    • ‘Villagers then filtered out the sediment by pouring the water through tightly woven cloth.’
    • ‘Raw flax and wool was spun into yarn, this was then dyed or bleached, woven into cloth and then cut and sewn into the garments their families needed.’
    • ‘Now the floor was carpeted, with a long woven length of cloth that was blood red.’
    • ‘The shops of the artisans, the merchants, and especially weavers of cotton cloth are very numerous.’
    • ‘With a staff of 18, the factory works round the clock, turning out around 10,000 metres of wool cloth a week.’
    • ‘The men also raised cotton and wove it into cloth, robes, blankets, and textiles.’
    • ‘She lifted the velvet cloth and the fabric slipped between her fingers, brushing against her bare fingers.’
    • ‘In modern times, cotton cloth has come to replace cowskins as a means of draping the body.’
    • ‘Every young girl was supposed to be able to weave cloth and do elaborate embroidery.’
    • ‘And over his shoulder were draped strips of various types of cloth and fabric.’
    • ‘When woollen cloth was woven on a handloom the nap had to be combed in order to raise it.’
    • ‘The lungi is a piece of cotton cloth, usually checkered, that is wrapped around the waist.’
    • ‘Downstairs were the looms and the spinning wheels, the floor covered in scraps of cloth and piles of wool.’
    • ‘A closer examination revealed layers of cloth, meticulously woven together to catch the eye.’
    • ‘Handwoven cotton cloth is sewn into wraps for women and tunics for men, as well as into blankets.’
    • ‘English wool and cloth were exported for profit, and French wine imported for pleasure.’
    • ‘Silk fabrics were not, like cotton cloth, the normal wear of the labouring classes.’
    • ‘The other main form of visual art is silk and cotton woven cloth with elaborate and subtle patterns and colors.’
    fabric, material, textile, stuff
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    1. 1.1 A piece of cloth for a particular purpose, such as a dishcloth or a tablecloth.
      ‘wipe clean with a damp cloth’
      • ‘Gradually, the women faded away as they left for lunch, and Elizabeth set up her and Jack's own meal on a red gingham cloth.’
      • ‘I went to the kitchen and poured warm water on a clean cloth.’
      • ‘As each loaf comes out of the oven, wrap it in a clean cloth or towel to keep it soft until the baking process is complete.’
      • ‘Wipe down brass with this cloth and then buff it dry with a soft, cotton cloth.’
      • ‘Use separate cloths and buckets when cleaning the floor.’
      • ‘Keep a clean cloth handy to wipe off any drips or overspray that may get onto the tracks.’
      • ‘To stop the bleeding, press firmly but gently on the cut with a clean cloth, tissue, or piece of gauze.’
      • ‘Wipe the apples with a clean cloth and push a wooden stick through the base of each.’
      • ‘If there is any dust on the fan blades, carefully clean it using a slightly damp cloth and cotton wool ear buds.’
      • ‘Oh, and she told me I don't have to bother buying cloths for cleaning the toilet anymore…’
      • ‘She directed me to a wicker chair placed in front of a round bamboo table covered by a red velvet cloth.’
      • ‘Apply thinly, in a circular motion, and polish dry at once with a clean cloth.’
      • ‘Invert a large saucepan over the saucepan, lightly rub with oil, and wipe clean with a cloth.’
      • ‘Beside him there was a gleaming glass and the white cloth he'd been cleaning it with.’
      • ‘Tweed cushioning lines the seats and the tables are covered with starched white cloths.’
      • ‘Holding a damp cloth in one hand she gently cleaned the injured man's wounds.’
      • ‘The young woman took a clean cloth from a small pile of linen and dipped it into the grimy water.’
      • ‘She moved to a sitting position, stretching her aching back and neck, before wiping her sweaty face with a damp cloth.’
      • ‘The nurse took a wet cloth and began to clean the blood from around his leg.’
      • ‘To use, apply a small amount to your wood furniture with a soft cotton cloth and rub it in gently.’
      rag, dishcloth, floorcloth, wipe, sponge, duster
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  • 2the clothThe clergy; the clerical profession.

    ‘a man of the cloth’
    • ‘That figures of the cloth have been associated with prosecutorial misconduct and the passions of the mob is one of this case's many ironies.’
    • ‘A man of the cloth commands respect. It is assumed that a man of god is somehow better than the rest of us.’
    • ‘At one time in my life, I respected a man of the cloth, but now I've seen the light.’
    the clergy, the church, the priesthood, the ministry, the first estate
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Origin

Old English clāth, related to Dutch kleed and German Kleid, of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation

cloth

/klɔθ//klôTH/