Definition of clothes in English:


plural noun

  • 1Items worn to cover the body.

    ‘he stripped off his clothes’
    ‘baby clothes’
    [as modifier] ‘a clothes shop’
    • ‘We don't want to see the children wearing worn clothes and shoes.’
    • ‘Though I'm feeling much better now, I'm still not up to shopping for clothes just yet.’
    • ‘So I cut off my hair and started wearing loose-fitting clothes and a baseball cap.’
    • ‘I thought of my cracked shoes, my worn clothes, my family's urgent needs, my burden of pain.’
    • ‘Aware of the cold air I quickly dry off and put on my work clothes, a collared shirt and tan slacks.’
    • ‘His face was so pale, and the oil almost covered his body and clothes completely.’
    • ‘She was sorting through Ian's worn practice clothes and mending or patching.’
    • ‘She pulled out the first thing on top of the pile of clothes, a sleeveless baby pink velvety sweater with sequin trim.’
    • ‘I offered to take her baby clothes shopping, but she didn't feel like it.’
    • ‘The Croydon Symphony Orchestra was at work in informal dress; in shirt-sleeves, jeans and other casual clothes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was still wearing my school clothes - navy blue skirt, black stockings, white shirt and tie.’
    • ‘Try on jackets and outer garments over the clothes they'll be worn with.’
    • ‘The only good thing about it, was that we could wear casual clothes, instead of suits and ties.’
    • ‘Together they shop for baby clothes, and together they sit at the doctor's office.’
    • ‘My partner and I run an independent clothes shop in Bournemouth, and we trade on the internet.’
    • ‘This could also be a great place to store warm clothes like hats, gloves, scarves and boots.’
    • ‘‘I now feel more comfortable and relaxed at work wearing casual clothes,’ she said.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the sister is trying to maintain standards and dignity, washing her clothes and covering her body.’
    • ‘He asked me why I was wearing boy's clothes and a baseball cap, and not a dress.’
    clothing, garments, articles of clothing, articles of dress, attire, garb
    dress, wear, wardrobe
    outfit, costume, turnout
    gear, garms, togs, duds, get-up, glad rags
    clobber, kit, rig-out
    raiment, habiliments, habit
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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.’


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