What does cloth mean?

Definitions for cloth
klɔθ, klɒθcloth

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cloth.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fabric, cloth, material, textilenoun

    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

    "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"


  1. clothnoun

    A woven fabric such as used in dressing, decorating, cleaning or other practical use.

  2. clothnoun

    A piece of cloth used for a particular purpose.

  3. clothnoun

    A form of attire that represents a particular profession.

  4. clothnoun

    Priesthood, clergy.

  5. Etymology: From cloth, clath, from claþ, from klaiþan, from gleit-. Cognate with clath, klaid, kleed, Dutch kleed, kleed, German Kleid, klæde, kläde, klæði, cliþan. Cognate with ngjit and perhaps with qeth.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CLOTHnoun

    plural cloths or clothes.

    Etymology: clað , Saxon.

    The Spaniards buy their linen cloths in that kingdom. Jonathan Swift.

    Nor let, like Nævius, every error pass,
    The musty wine, foul cloth, or greasy glass. Alexander Pope, Hor. Imit.

    I answer you right painted cloth, from whence you have studied your questions. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Who fears a sentence, or an old man’s saw,
    Shall by a painted cloth be kept in awe. William Shakespeare, Tarq. and Luc.

    This idea, which we may call the goddess of painting and of sculpture, descends upon the marble and the cloth, and becomes the original of these arts. John Dryden, Dufresnoy. Pref. to.

    He with him brought Pryene, rich array’d
    In Claribellae’s clothes. Edmund Spenser, b. ii. cant. 4. stanz. 28.

    Take up these clothes here, quickly: carry them to the laundress in Datchet-mead. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Strength grows more from the warmth of exercises than of cloaths. William Temple.

    Gazing on her midnight foes,
    She turn’d each way her frighted head,
    Then sunk it deep beneath the clothes. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clothnoun

    a fabric made of fibrous material (or sometimes of wire, as in wire cloth); commonly, a woven fabric of cotton, woolen, or linen, adapted to be made into garments; specifically, woolen fabrics, as distinguished from all others

  2. Clothnoun

    the dress; raiment. [Obs.] See Clothes

  3. Clothnoun

    the distinctive dress of any profession, especially of the clergy; hence, the clerical profession

  4. Etymology: [OE. clath cloth, AS. cl cloth, garment; akin to D. kleed, Icel. kli, Dan. klde, cloth, Sw. klde, G. kleid garment, dress.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cloth

    kloth, n. woven material from which garments or coverings are made: clothing: the usual dress of a trade or profession, esp. the clerical:—pl. Cloths.—v.t. Clothe (klōth), to cover with a garment: to provide with clothes: (fig.) to invest as with a garment: to cover:—pr.p. clōth′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. clōthed or clad.—n.pl. Clothes (klōthz, coll. klōz), garments or articles of dress: blankets for a bed.—ns. Clothes′-bas′ket, a large basket for holding and carrying clothes; Clothes′-brush, a brush for clothes; Clothes′-horse, Clothes′-screen, a frame for hanging clothes on to dry; Clothes′-line, a rope or wire for hanging clothes on to dry; Clothes′-moth, one of various tineas whose larvæ feed on furs, woollens, &c., spinning cases out of these; Clothes′-pin, a forked piece of wood to secure clothes on a line; Clothes′-press, a place for holding clothes; Cloth′-hall, a cloth-exchange building or market; Cloth′ier, one who makes or sells cloth; Cloth′ing, clothes, garments: covering; Cloth′-yard, formerly the yard by which cloth was measured.—Cloth of gold, a tissue consisting of threads of gold and silk or wool; Cloth of state, a canopy; Cloth-yard shaft, an arrow a cloth-yard long.—Clothe in words, to express ideas in words; Clothe on, or upon, to invest: to cover.—American cloth, a kind of enamelled cloth, used for covering chairs, &c.—The cloth, the clerical profession: the clergy. [A.S. cláth, cloth; Ger. kleid, a garment.]

Editors Contribution

  1. cloth

    A type of material and product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Cloths are created for a variety of purposes e.g. cleaning, washing and applying a number of things.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 14, 2016  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cloth' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4688

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cloth' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3766

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cloth' in Nouns Frequency: #1738

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cloth in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cloth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of cloth in a Sentence

  1. Jesse Jackson:

    America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth.

  2. Kaleo Paik:

    Traditionally the long and larger bones would be washed, wrapped in cloth and put in a funeral basket and buried.

  3. Karen Bass:

    The significance of the Kente cloth is our African heritage, and for those of you without that heritage, we're acting in solidarity. That is the significance of the Kente cloth -- our origins and respecting our pasts.

  4. Émile Durkheim:

    Sadness does not inhere in things; it does not reach us from the world and through mere contemplation of the world. It is a product of our own thought. We create it out of whole cloth.

  5. Sara Greenstein:

    For most cloth face masks, there is no inner filtration layer that traps harmful particles.

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