Folds of different colored cloth.
- The definition of cloth is something made of fibrous material.
An example of cloth used as an adjective is a cloth towel.
- Cloth is defined as a fabric made of fibrous materials.
An example of a cloth is a hand towel.
- a woven, knitted, or pressed fabric of fibrous material, as cotton, wool, silk, hair, or synthetic fibers
- a piece of such fabric for a specific use: tablecloth, washcloth, loincloth
Origin of clothMiddle English from Old English clath, cloth, hence garment, akin to -clithan, to stick, clitha, poultice from Indo-European an unverified form gleit- (from source German kleid, dress) from base an unverified form glei-, to stick from source clay
- made of cloth
- the usual or identifying dress of a profession, esp. of the clergy
- the clergy collectively
- Fabric or material formed by weaving, knitting, pressing, or felting natural or synthetic fibers.
- A piece of fabric or material used for a specific purpose, as a tablecloth.
- Nautical a. Canvas.b. A sail.
- The characteristic attire of a profession, especially that of the clergy.
- The clergy: a man of the cloth.
Origin of clothMiddle English from Old English clāth
(plural cloths or clothes)
From Middle English cloth, clath, from Old English clāþ (“cloth, clothes, covering, sail”), from Proto-Germanic *klaiþą (“garment”), from Proto-Indo-European *gleyt- (“to cling to, cleave, stick”). Cognate with Scots clath (“cloth”), North Frisian klaid (“dress, garment”), West Frisian kleed (“cloth, article of clothing”), Dutch kleed (“robe, dress”), Low German kleed (“dress, garment”), German Kleid (“dress, garment”), Danish klæde (“cloth, dress”), Swedish kläde (“cloth”), Icelandic klæði (“cloth, dressing”), Old English clīþan (“to adhere, stick”). Compare Albanian ngjit (“to stick, attach, glue”).