- a fine, smooth woolen cloth: so called because it originally was made on wide looms
- a fine, smooth cotton, rayon, or silk cloth, used for shirts, pajamas, etc.
- A densely textured, traditionally woolen cloth with a plain or twill weave and a lustrous finish.
- A closely woven silk, cotton, or synthetic fabric with a narrow crosswise rib.
Origin of broadclothMiddle English brode clothe, cloth woven in strips of double width : brode, broad; see broad + clothe, cloth; see cloth.
- A fine smooth-faced woolen cloth for men’s garments, usually of double width (i.e., a yard and a half); -- so called in distinction from woolens three quarters of a yard wide.