What does cloth mean?

Definitions for cloth
klɔθ, klɒθcloth

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. cloth

    Textile is an umbrella term that includes various fiber-based materials, including fibers, yarns, filaments, threads, different fabric types, etc. At first, the word "textiles" only referred to woven fabrics. However, weaving is not the only manufacturing method, and many other methods were later developed to form textile structures based on their intended use. Knitting and non-woven are other popular types of fabric manufacturing. In the contemporary world, textiles satisfy the material needs for versatile applications, from simple daily clothing to bulletproof jackets, spacesuits, and doctor's gowns.Textiles are divided into two groups: Domestic purposes [consumer textiles] and technical textiles. In consumer textiles, aesthetics and comfort are the most important factors, but in technical textiles, functional properties are the priority.Geotextiles, industrial textiles, medical textiles, and many other areas are examples of technical textiles, whereas clothing and furnishings are examples of consumer textiles. Each component of a textile product, including fiber, yarn, fabric, processing, and finishing, affects the final product. Components may vary among various textile products as they are selected based on their fitness for purpose.Fiber is the smallest component of a fabric; fibers are typically spun into yarn, and yarns are used to manufacture fabrics. Fiber has a hair-like appearance and a higher length-to-width ratio. The sources of fibers may be natural, synthetic, or both. The techniques of felting and bonding directly transform fibers into fabric. In other cases, yarns are manipulated with different fabric manufacturing systems to produce various fabric constructions. The fibers are twisted or laid out to make a long, continuous strand of yarn. Yarns are then used to make different kinds of fabric by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, tatting, or braiding. After manufacturing, textile materials are processed and finished to add value, such as aesthetics, physical characteristics, and increased usefulness. The manufacturing of textiles is the oldest industrial art. Dyeing, printing, and embroidery are all different decorative arts applied to textile materials.


  1. cloth

    Cloth is a flexible material that is created by weaving, knitting, felting, or bonding natural or synthetic fibers together. This material is commonly used for clothing, upholstery, bedding, and other household uses. It is known for its durability, absorbency, and ability to be dyed and printed on, providing versatility in appearance and function.

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. Yuliana Lytvynenko:

    The response is amazing. We needed lots of white fabric to make kikimora suits for the winter. I posted on Facebook and was instantly inundated with donations of sheets and cloth.

  2. Gustave Flaubert:

    Stupidity consists in wanting to reach conclusions. We are a thread, and we want to know the whole cloth.

  3. James Phillips:

    Now, cloth masks are not recommended to try to prevent you from getting disease, that's been shown to not work -- that's why we don't wear cloth masks in the hospital, i think the CDC and the federal government will end up coming out with a recommendation for people to wear masks, specifically to prevent droplet spread. I think that's coming.

  4. Jesse Louis Jackson:

    America is not like a blanket-one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt-many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread.

  5. Leana Wen:

    If all you have is a cloth mask, it's still better than nothing, but you are not well-protected, and you should know that you're not well-protected. And so if you're going to a crowded indoor setting and all you have is a cloth mask, don't go.

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