Definition of clothes in US English:

clothes

plural noun

  • 1Items worn to cover the body.

    ‘he stripped off his clothes’
    ‘baby clothes’
    as modifier ‘a clothes shop’
    • ‘This could also be a great place to store warm clothes like hats, gloves, scarves and boots.’
    • ‘Just as we do not shop for clothes just to cover our nakedness, nor eat just to fill the gap, so we don't buy sunglasses merely for the purposes of protecting our eyes.’
    • ‘She pulled out the first thing on top of the pile of clothes, a sleeveless baby pink velvety sweater with sequin trim.’
    • ‘So I cut off my hair and started wearing loose-fitting clothes and a baseball cap.’
    • ‘She was sorting through Ian's worn practice clothes and mending or patching.’
    • ‘‘I now feel more comfortable and relaxed at work wearing casual clothes,’ she said.’
    • ‘Together they shop for baby clothes, and together they sit at the doctor's office.’
    • ‘I was still wearing my school clothes - navy blue skirt, black stockings, white shirt and tie.’
    • ‘Aware of the cold air I quickly dry off and put on my work clothes, a collared shirt and tan slacks.’
    • ‘He asked me why I was wearing boy's clothes and a baseball cap, and not a dress.’
    • ‘I offered to take her baby clothes shopping, but she didn't feel like it.’
    • ‘My partner and I run an independent clothes shop in Bournemouth, and we trade on the internet.’
    • ‘His face was so pale, and the oil almost covered his body and clothes completely.’
    • ‘I thought of my cracked shoes, my worn clothes, my family's urgent needs, my burden of pain.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the sister is trying to maintain standards and dignity, washing her clothes and covering her body.’
    • ‘Try on jackets and outer garments over the clothes they'll be worn with.’
    • ‘We don't want to see the children wearing worn clothes and shoes.’
    • ‘The Croydon Symphony Orchestra was at work in informal dress; in shirt-sleeves, jeans and other casual clothes.’
    • ‘Though I'm feeling much better now, I'm still not up to shopping for clothes just yet.’
    • ‘The only good thing about it, was that we could wear casual clothes, instead of suits and ties.’
    clothing, garments, articles of clothing, articles of dress, attire, garb
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  • 2Bedclothes.

    • ‘They would be awakened by a weight pressing on them, or the clothes would be pulled from the bed, or they would hear the sound of a dress sweeping the floor.’

Origin

Old English clāthas, plural of clāth (see cloth).

Pronunciation

clothes

/klō(T͟H)z//kloʊ(ð)z/