- 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.
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- A densely textured 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: Middle English brode clothe, cloth woven in strips of double width : brode, broad; see broad + clothe, cloth; see cloth.