Broadcloth definition

brôdklôth, -klŏth
A densely textured, traditionally woolen cloth with a plain or twill weave and a lustrous finish.
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A closely woven silk, cotton, or synthetic fabric with a narrow crosswise rib.
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A fine, smooth woolen cloth.
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A fine, smooth cotton, rayon, or silk cloth, used for shirts, pajamas, etc.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
broadcloth
Plural:
broadcloths

Origin of broadcloth

  • Middle English brode clothe cloth woven in strips of double width brode broad broad clothe cloth cloth

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition