What does clothe mean?

Definitions for clothe

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dress, clothe, enclothe, garb, raiment, tog, garment, habilitate, fit out, apparelverb

    provide with clothes or put clothes on

    "Parents must feed and dress their child"

  2. invest, clothe, adornverb

    furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors

  3. clothe, cloak, drape, robeverb

    cover as if with clothing

    "the mountain was clothed in tropical trees"


  1. clotheverb

    To adorn or cover with clothing; to dress; to supply clothes or clothing.

  2. Etymology: From clothen, from claþian, from klaiþōnan, from glei-. Cognate with Dutch kleden and German kleiden. See also cloth, clad.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Clotheverb

    pret. I clothed, or clad; particip. I have clothed, or clad.

    Etymology: from cloth.

    Care no more to clothe and eat. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    An inhabitant of Nova Zembla having lived in Denmark, where he was clothed, took the first opportunity of making his escape into nakedness. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 5.

    The Britons in Cæsar’s time painted their bodies, and clothed themselves with the skins of beasts. Jonathan Swift.

    With superior boon may your rich soil
    Exuberant nature’s better blessings pour
    O’er every land, the naked nations clothe,
    And be th’ exhaustless granary of a world. James Thomson, Spring.

    We clothe and adorn our bodies: indeed, too much time we bestow upon that. Our souls also are to be clothed with holy habits, and adorned with good works. John Ray, on Creation.

    Embroider’d purple clothes the golden beds. Alexander Pope, Statius.

    They leave the shady realms of night,
    And, cloth’d in bodies, breathe your upper light. Dryden.

    Let both use the clearest language in which they can clothe their thoughts. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind, p. i.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clotheverb

    to put garments on; to cover with clothing; to dress

  2. Clotheverb

    to provide with clothes; as, to feed and clothe a family; to clothe one's self extravagantly

  3. Clotheverb

    fig.: To cover or invest, as with a garment; as, to clothe one with authority or power

  4. Clotheverb

    to wear clothes

  5. Etymology: [OE. clathen, clothen, clethen, AS. clian, clan. See Cloth.]

Matched Categories

How to pronounce clothe?

How to say clothe in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clothe in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clothe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of clothe in a Sentence

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Love is so great that he has no clothe (L 'amour est si grand qu'il n' a de vêtement)

  2. John Greenleaf Whittier:

    Clothe with life the weak intent, let me be the thing I meant.

  3. Columbia Record:

    All that Communism needs to make it successful is someone to feed and clothe it.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    But then I sigh, and with a piece of scripture,Tell them that God bids us do good for evil.And thus I clothe my naked villainyWith odd old ends stolen forth of holy writ,And seem I a saint, when most I play the Devil.

  5. Mary Baker Eddy:

    Audible prayer can never do the works of spiritual understanding, which regenerates; but silent prayer, watchfulness, and devout obedience enable us to follow Jesus example. Long prayers, superstition, and creeds clip the strong pinions of love, and clothe religion in human forms. Whatever materializes worship hinders man's spiritual growth and keeps him from demonstrating his power over error.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for clothe

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for clothe »


Find a translation for the clothe definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these clothe definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "clothe." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 6 Oct. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/clothe>.

    Are we missing a good definition for clothe? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    the act of carrying something
    • A. carry
    • B. emerge
    • C. interrupt
    • D. deny

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for clothe: